Published on Friday, January 8, 2010 by Al Jazeera English
George Galloway, the British MP leading the Viva Palestina international aid convoy to the Gaza Strip has been forced to leave Egypt, the group has said on its website.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (right) and outspoken British politician George Galloway attend a rally honouring international peace activists in
Galloway was apparently picked up by Egyptian officials at the Rafah border crossing on Friday and driven to
Galloway told Al Jazeera by telephone from the airport that he had been harassed by about 25 Egyptian police officer as he attempted to re-enter
He said Egyptian officials told him he was being sent out of the country and was now "persona non grata".
The Egyptian foreign ministry later issued a statement saying
Galloway has been vocal in his criticism of Egyptian authorities in recent days after their decision not to allow the about 200 vehicles in the convoy to arrive in
Seven other members of the Viva Palestinian convoy have also been ordered arrested after being accused of inciting riots in El-Arish.
The decision by the attorney-general in North Sinai means the activists could be detained after passing through the Rafah border crossing from
It was not clear if they were in Egyptian custody on Friday.
Late on Tuesday, more than 50 people were wounded during a clash between Egyptian authorities and international members of the convoy.
The protests were sparked by an Egyptian decision to allow 139 vehicles to enter
Afterwards, clashes between Egyptian security forces and Palestinians waiting for the aid convoy led to the death of one Egyptian policeman.
The blockade currently allows only very basic supplies into
The siege has severely restricted essential supplies and placed Gazans in a dire situation, made worse by
Source: Al Jazeera
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