The tourism company that was supposed to provide anti-Israel demonstrators with busses heading to Rafah crossing from Cairo has backed out of its deal pursuant to orders from Egyptian authorities, but the march to Gaza will take place as planned after the organisers secured other busses.
Halim Heniesh, member of the Coordination Committee for Supporting the Palestinian Cause, says he was informed of the trip’s cancellation late last night and did not have enough time to book another trip, implying that the march would be called off.
However, the committee managed to find other means of transportation at very short notice.
It’s understood that 18 busses should transport around 900 protesters to the Rafah border crossing.
Egyptian authorities have blocked access to the Sinai Peninsula to prevent a march from Cairo to Gaza, an AFP correspondent in Sinai said yesterday.
The march was due to leave from Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the release of all Palestinian prisoners.
"Peace Bridge," one of the main access routes to Sinai from mainland Egypt, has been closed to all but residents of the peninsula.
The army also stepped up security around the peninsula, according to a security official.