Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The aid convoy, stranded in Aqaba, Jordan, for five days, on its way to the Gaza Strip, turns back to Syria after Cairo's refusal to let it cross through its territory.
were hoping to reach a solution through Turkish mediation and enter Gaza through the Red Sea port of Nuweiba, the most direct route.
On Thursday over 250 trucks laden with European, Turkish and Arab aid,
arrived in Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba hoping to catch a ferry across to Nuweiba.
But Egypt has said the convoy can only enter through al-Arish, on the Mediterranean coast, which would mean going around the Sinai Peninsula and through the Suez Canal.
"The aid convoy will leave Aqaba for (the Mediterranean port of) Latakia in Syria before going to El-Arish, in line with Cairo's decision," said Maysara Malas, of Jordan's powerful trade union federation, which helped organizing the aid convoy.
Birawi also said 15 members of the convoy "have started a hunger strike, while a rally will be held later Sunday."