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Asian Aid Convoy Reaches Gaza Strip

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (l) greets members of the 'Asia 1' convoy after a meeting in Damascus, 22 Dec 2010

A convoy carrying humanitarian aid from India has reached the Gaza Strip with 1,000 tons of food and medical supplies.

The convoy left India in November and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. The aid shipment was then delivered by sea to Egypt, before reaching Gaza late Sunday.

The aid mission involved more than 100 human rights activists.

News reports say several Iranian activists were not allowed to cross the border separating Egypt from Gaza. Egypt and Iran severed diplomatic relations some 30 years ago.

Israel imposed an economic blockade on Gaza after the Palestinian militant group Hamas seized control of the coastal strip in 2007. The government, however, eased restrictions last year after a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla sparked international condemnation.

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