(photo credit: Associated Press)
Egypt on Monday approved the Viva Palestina flotilla to leave Syria and sail by Gaza en-route to al-Arish.
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The convoy is set to dock in the Egyptian port of al-Arish then continue its journey by land to Gaza.
Egypt, however, was still expected not to allow convoy organizer George Galloway
to enter the country.
Hussam Zaki of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed last week that the convoy will be allowed access to Gaza
however he insisted George Galloway, the British ex-parliamentarian
leading the convoy, will not be allowed in the country and will remain
as persona non grata.
The main ship, carrying 380 activists from 42 countries, 147 vehicles
and $5 million in medical aid departed from London September 18 and has
been held at the Syrian port of Latakia for just over two weeks.
Some of the passengers on board the flotilla include 40 people that were
also onboard the Mavi Mamara aid ship which was involved in an IDF
interception on May 31
The convoy was joined by activists from Morocco, Algeria, Jordan and Gulf states, organizers said.