Anti-terror police seize three vans headed for Gaza

Anti-terror police seize three vans headed for Gaza

British police said on Saturday they had seized three vans that were to form part of a 100 vehicle aid convoy headed for Gaza as a result of an anti-terror raid in the northwest of England.

Lancashire police said they were searching five houses in the town of Burnley on Saturday after arresting nine men under anti-terrorism laws on a motorway near Preston on Friday.

Six of the men have been released and the remaining three are still in custody. Police can hold them without charge until Sunday night.

The convoy had been organised by the pro-Palestinian organisation Viva Palestina and left central London on Saturday, the group’s website said.

Following the recent war in Gaza the aid situation for Palestinians has become increasingly dire. Aid supplies waiting in Egypt have been stalled by delays from the Israeli and Egyptian governments. Closer to home, Lloyds TSB closed the account of Palestinian aid charity Interpal, while the BBC attracted criticism for blocking the airing of a charity appeal for Gaza.

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