GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday welcomed the Asia 1 convoy to Gaza.
The aid convoy, backed by nations in Southeast Asia, drove from India to Syria and sailed for Egypt bringing hundreds of tons of food and medical aid to the besieged coastal enclave.
Haniyeh said the convoy was unique because more than a hundred activists traveled with the aid, noting that this brought greater attention to the siege-breaking event.
The group was also special as it had the youngest Palestinian activist on board, a baby less than a year old, Haniyeh added.
The Gaza leader said he hoped such convoys would continue to travel to the Strip, and that they would eventually end Israel’s four-year blockade.
The activists arrived on the second anniversary of Israel’s three-year war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead. Haniyeh said the activists could see that Israel had failed to destroy the resolve of Gaza’s residents despite its devastating assault.
Head of the convoy Fayruz Misburula said the arrival in Gaza was “a dream come true.” Millions around the world wished to visit the coastal enclave and be with its people, he said.