With Egyptian Help, Activists Send New Boat to Challenge Gaza Blockade

Egypt has opened its side of the Gaza border to allow activists to send another relief vessel.


Activists seeking to bring relief to Gaza won't be deterred in the wake on the raid by Israeli commandos. Egypt has helped in the effort, lifting it's border blockade to allow the vessel through

An Egyptian official says the government is temporarily lifting its blockade of the Gaza Strip to allow aid into the area a day after Israel raided an international flotilla carrying supplies to the Palestinian territory and killed nine activists.

The governor of northern Sinai, Murad Muwafi, says President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the border crossing to Gaza in the town of Rafah for several days.

Muwafi says the opening of the crossing - which Egypt sealed after Gaza was taken over by Hamas militants in 2007 - is an effort to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack" on the flotilla.

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