LATEST: 139 Vehicles are crossing into Gaza. 17:00 GMT 6th Jan 2010. Due to stupid Egyptian officials people got injured here and people died. Yet more blood on Egypts hands.!
Update: George Galloway in convo to a Viva Palestina regional head Secretary relayed message of “massive violence” by Egyptian police. Stones, tear gas, beatings. Some hospitalised and some arrested. Trucks and all other volunteers are in safe possession of VP UK. Currently 10 Turkish MP’s are negotiating with two Egyptian officials. GG confident the convoy will be allowed to proceed into Gaza on 6th Jan (today). [lwtc247: I think this is unrealistic]
Right now 10,000 protestors are outside the Egyptian embassy in Ankara. Demanding Egypt allows the convoy to proceed. Egypt has just proven to the world there is indeed a siege on Gaza.
Yes up to about 2000 Riot police have rioted against a peace convoy.
To all friends of Palestine
Our situation is now at a crisis point! Riot has broken out in the port of Al- Arish.
This late afternoon we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official was regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza.
He left two hours ago and did not come back. Egyptian authorities called over 2,000 riot police who then moved towards our camp at the port.
We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid.
The Egyptian authorities have by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point.
We are now calling upon all friends of palestine to mount protests in person where possible, but by any means available to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassy’s and demand that the convoy are allowed a safe passage into Gaza tomorrow!
Viva Palestina Convoy Leader
Here is some tweets from the niece of Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister Dr. Mahatir Mohammed:
Tweet timeline: Tweets were posted about Midnight Wed (morning) 6th Jan 2010.
Injured convoy member http://tweetphoto.com/8087112 about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter
@InezaRoussille Poop, am okay ya. Doa for us too please :[ about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter in reply to InezaRoussille
1 person just got rolled out on a stretcher. about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter
Arrested are from GRB, USA, Msia and Kuwaiti. about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter
Window almost injuring TUR MP. High level nego now being done by TUR gov. Convoy still determined to enter Gaza. about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Galloway says Viva has video taken from meeting room to show special police starting violence. Police then threw stones at meeting room about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
EGY negotiator left meet room after Viva rejected demand to surrender 59 vehicles to Israel. Soonest he left the riot police closed in on us about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
59 vehicles = 25% of our convoy which includes 2 big trucks from GBR and TUR. This contradicts written agreement EGY gave to TURs in Aqaba about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Galloway here with TUR MPs to negotiate movement of convoy since 530pm local time. EGY asked for 59 of our vehicles to give to Israel. about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
For Gaza siege. We have bend over backwards to come to Elarish cause EGY said we’d be welcomed here, instead welcomed with violence about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Calm now. Galloway speaking to us, explicitly named EGY regime as instigator of violence. Said now the world can see who is responsible about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Wisma, a Msian student has been detained by EGY police in Elarish. Please help. @adlynmughni about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter in reply to adlynmughni
Some people are missing including a Msian student who came on his own from the UK. We are trying to find him. He may be arrested about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Sitting on the ground when shouts from police lines started and then wham, hell. Just helped bandage a friend’s head about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
Instigators started moving in from within the police lines and moved on the inside of the police side of the barricades. Convoy mbers were about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
All hell has broken lose at the port. Shit flying around and police spraying and gassing. We’re in the gates about 3 hours ago from UberTwitter
We have been told there are protests going on right now in Istanbul, London, Chicago and at EGY ambassies elswherte about 5 hours ago from UberTwitter
Standoff with autho in Elarish port @meeshly