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Derry men reach Gaza with aid

Eanna O Donghaile and Derek McChrystal
Derek McChrystal (driving) and Eanna O Donghaile

Five men from Londonderry, who are part of an aid convoy to Gaza, have arrived over a month after they left the UK.

Eanna O Donghaile, Eddie McBride, John Crockett, Derek McChrystal and Danny Doyle arrived on Wednesday with an ambulance full of medical supplies.

The "Viva Palestina" convoy, led by British MP George Galloway, crossed into the Gaza strip at Rafah at about 1830 GMT.

Derek McCrystal, said it had been a difficult but worthwhile journey.

"It was very rewarding to see, tough, but definitely worth it.

"I wouldn't have wanted to miss it it for anything."

The convoy had faced problems getting into Gaza and had been delayed for over two weeks.

On Tuesday night Egyptian border police and Palestinians clashed at the Egypt-Gaza border, over the delay of an international aid convoy in the Gaza Strip.

The violence reportedly began after Palestinian protesters in Rafah started throwing stones across the border at Egyptian security forces.

An Egyptian soldier was killed and at least eight Palestinians were hurt.



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