The activists on board Asia life line to Gaza under threat for life
New Delhi (03/01/2011): The Asia Life line to Gaza ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Asia to the besieged residents of Gaza has been denied the permission to arrive in the Egyptian port of El-Arish. The ship which started from the port of Lattakia of Syria has been stopped 2KMs far from Al-Arish Port in Egypt. The eight activists on board the ship had spent 13 hours without water and food. The conditions of two amongst them are critical and are not in a position to survive any longer. They have even tried to jump off the ship out of frustration.
The eight activists on board the ship are Ajit Sahi (Journalist), Shaheen K Moidunny (Students Islamic Organisation of India), Brigadier Sudhir Savant (Former MP), Aslam Khan (AISA, JNU Delhi) and one delegate each from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Azerbaijan.
Five Israeli naval vessels are tailing the ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Asia to the besieged residents of Gaza. Speaking via satellite phone, Shaheen Moidunny, who is on board the ship Salam, told yesterday night that Israeli ships had been tracking the movements of their vessel for the last six hours. Radio contact had been established with the Israeli navy. “We are only one hour away from the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, where the ship would be docked,” Mr. Moidunny said. He clarified that there were no plans to take the ship to Gaza. “All the humanitarian supplies would be taken overland from Al-Arish to the Rafa crossing on the Egyptian Gaza border,” he said.
Mr. Moidunny said only eight persons were on board the aid ship, while the rest of the activists, from several Asian countries had been flown into Egypt from Syria.
The remaining delegates had already reached Gaza today morning by air. The convoy, which set off from New Delhi on December 2, was scheduled to reach Gaza by December 27, a day ahead of the second anniversary of Israel's 22-day war on Gaza.