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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2011 (Friday) PGPF’s HUMANITARIAN AID CARGO ARRIVED SAFELY IN GAZA. Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) is relieved and happy to announce that the humanitarian aid cargo arrived safely in Gaza on Tuesday July 12, 2011. The cargo of UPVC sewage pipes and joints weighing approximately 32 tonnes was unloaded from the Spirit of Rachel Corrie (the MV Finch) ship to 9 trucks (7 trucks carrying sewage pipes and 2 trucks carrying joint components) on Wednesday July 6, 2011. The convoy of trucks left El Arish Port on Monday July 10, 2011 and was escorted by 2 Egyptian Army Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to El Ouja at the Israeli border. The cargo was then transferred to other trailers sponsored by the Palestinians Authority and accompanied by the Palestinian Red Crescent, it has arrived safely in Gaza via Karem Shalom. The Spirit of Rachel Corrie cargo ship left the Port of Piraeus, Greece on May 11 carrying UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes and joints to help restore the 7.5 kilometres sewerage system devastated during ‘Operation Cast Lead’ bombings by the Israelis on Gaza (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009). On board the ship were anti-war activists and journalists, consisting of 7 Malaysians, 2 Irish, 2 Indians and 1 Canadian. On 16 May, the cargo ship was anchored off El Arish Port where it remained for 7 weeks waiting for permission to dock. The vessel was finally allowed to berth at the El-Arish Port on Tuesday July 5, 2011 for the unloading of the UPVC pipes to Gaza. The impasse ended after Perdana Global Peace Foundation President, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Essam Sharaf on June 29 in Cairo. PGPF records with sincere gratitude the initiative taken by Dr Essam Sharaf , the Prime Minister of Egypt in enabling the cargo of sewage pipes to be delivered directly to the people of Gaza. PGPF is especially thankful to the Egyptian authorities, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for making this humanitarian aid mission possible. PGPF would like to convey our deepest appreciation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia and especially the Malaysian Embassies in Egypt and Jordan for their assistance and cooperation throughout the ordeal. Our special thanks to all involved especially the foreign activists, crew and passengers of the Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission. This humanitarian initiative is sponsored by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF). This mission fulfils the wishes of Malaysian donors and NGOs who had generously contributed towards this humanitarian aid mission.

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