The Viva Palestine Convoy to Gaza, departed from London’s Hyde Park, aims to cross the Rafah border into Gaza on 27 December to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza, which killed 1,400 Palestinians in three weeks.
The Convoy was received by Turkish Parliament Speaker, Mehmet Ali Şahin, in the capital on December 17. Drawing attention to basic human need of empathy, Parliament Speaker Şahin said "the most important characteristic today is the awareness to share other people's pain and to help them to the extend possible."
The convoy, which carries various assistance materials including pharmaceutical and medical supplies, will double in size with the participation of Turkish volunteers reaching 200 vehicles packed with aid to the people of Gaza.
The convoy includes a fire engine, twelve ambulances, a boat and trucks full of medicines, tools, clothes, blankets and shoe-boxes with gifts for children.
The Palestine aid convoy that reached Turkey after Britain, France, Italy and Greece will reach Gaza via Syria, Jordan and Egypt.