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Miles of Smiles convoy en route to Gaza cargo delivery

June 16, 2011 1:53 P.M. (Updated: June 17, 2011 8:23 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Preparations to receive the humanitarian aid ship Miles of Smiles have been completed, head of the Red Crescent society in the Egyptian Sinai told Ma'an on Thursday.

The ship is set to arrive in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria on Friday, after leaving from Venice, the RC's Jaber Al-Arabi explained.

Al-Arabi told Ma’an that Egyptian authorities in Alexandria will transfer the contents of Miles of Smiles to another ship before it arrives in the northern port city of El-Arish, south of Gaza, on Sunday.

The convoy contains medicine, medical equipment, wheel chairs, and ambulances, the official said. Over 60 Arab and European activists from different countries are said to be traveling with the convoy, a move in solidarity with the 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza who are living under Israel's blockade.

The name of the convoy originates from traveling thousands of miles in order to put a smile on the faces of Gaza children.

It remains unclear whether Egyptian officials will allow the aid to enter via the newly opened Rafah crossing, which was designed for civilian use and not the transport of commercial goods. Aid delivered to Gaza via Egypt has traditionally gone into Israel via the Al-Ouja crossing, and then into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom terminal, where it is subject to the terms of Israel's siege.

A flotilla of ships is set to sail at the end of June and is prepared to dock at the Gaza Port and unload dozens of tons of aid, bypassing Israel's blockade.

In May 2010, the Freedom Flotilla attempted the mission, but was stopped in international waters by Israeli naval boats. Israeli commandos boarded the largest of the boats in the flotilla, which resisted a take over. The commandos killed nine passengers before gaining control of the vessel, detaining the passengers and seizing the cargo.
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