Hamas seizes convoy of Jordanian aid to Palestinians

Other News Materials 8 February 2008 21:27 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Jordan on Friday accused armed men attached to Hamas' police force of seizing a convoy of trucks carrying relief aid to the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

"Members of Hamas' Executive Force ordered drivers of trucks to divert their direction to Gaza City and unloaded the relief materials at the warehouses of the Ministry of Social Affairs attached to the sacked government," said Abdul Salam Abbadi, Secretary General of the Hashemite Charity Organization.

"We have been astonished over this behaviour, because the trucks carried humanitarian aid for the entire Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip regardless of their political affiliations," he said.

He appealed to Hamas leaders to approve the Palestinian Red Crescent Society as the sole body recognized on an international level for distributing Jordanian and other Arab aid which was being dispatched through Jordanian territory.

Abbadi said the seized aid was the 235th batch of Jordanian and Arab aid to the Gaza Strip worth a total of 54 million dinars (76 million dollars).

He urged Hamas leaders to "stop these practices because the Hashemite Organization is planning the dispatch of more aid from Arab, Islamic and friendly countries to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip."