Egypt closes Gaza to Algerian aid

Aid barred despite the Egyptian announcement of an open border.

MV Rachel Corrie boarded 311 (photo credit: IDF)
MV Rachel Corrie boarded 311
(photo credit: IDF)
Despite the announcement a week ago that the Egyptian border with Gaza would be kept permanently open, Egypt refused to allow an Algerian aid convoy into Gaza on Saturday.
According to the Palestinian Information Center, the Egyptians refused to allow the convoy to enter and were willing to allow entry only to three Algerian parliamentarians who were accompanying the convoy.
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The proposal was being negotiated by Jamal Khudari, an independent Palestinian legislator from the Gaza Strip with close ties to Hamas, known as the head of the 'Popular Committee Against the Siege on Gaza.”
According to the report, Khudari had been in touch with Egyptian, Greek and other European officials, and the idea had now been brought to the Hamas government in Gaza.Earlier on Saturday Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said at a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he would propose the European Union exert strong diplomatic pressure on Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip.