Finally on January 3, one marcher, Emily Ratner, delivered this message:
"May we leave Cairo with more hope than when we arrived that the siege will end and Gaza and all of Palestine will be free."
May Israel, Washington and Egypt know that committed activists and growing millions worldwide won't relent until the siege and occupation ends and those responsible are held fully accountable.
Viva Palestina's Commitment to Break the Gaza Siege
In an emergency year end appeal, the registered UK charity announced that on December 6, its third aid convoy left London, traveling almost 3,000 miles through nine countries, gaining support to bring vital relief to Gaza and end the siege.
On Christmas eve, over 500 people from 20 countries in 250 vehicles, loaded with humanitarian aid, were stranded in Aqaba, Jordan when they were refused permission to take the short route to Egypt.
Forced to turn around, they headed back to Syria to travel a longer one to get there. Because of the added cost, they appealed for help to charter ferries and a plane to complete their mission. World Bulletin.net reported that a Gulf businessman paid for a Turkish cargo ship to transport them, named Ulosoy 6, after which they prepared to leave.
On January 3, Al-Jazeera reported that the convoy left Latakia, Syria with 210 lorries of medicines and other supplies, sailing for the Egyptian port of El Arish on the Mediterranean where they were expected to arrive the next day.