My friend Pat Geier from Louisville sent this update from her friends in Cairo…
Mid-afternoon (Louisville time) I spoke with Sharon, Ibrahim, Russ and Ira. I tried but was unable to reach Mateo and Stephon. Everyone is fine, though frustrated and disheartened at not getting into Gaza. Russ, Ira, Ibrahim, Sharon and her mother are now all in the same hotel. Mateo and Stephon are staying in downtown Cairo.
The situation remains tense and the Egyptian government is not budging on allowing the delegates or the convoy to move into Gaza as hoped. Sharon and Ibrahim decided not to go to El Arish today because it was clear that there was no hope of getting there or to the border. There are demonstrations going on continuously and today our group protested with the Italian delegation at their embassy, at the UN which contains the World Trade Center, and at the French Embassy where 300 French citizens slept in the street last night, corraled by Egyptian riot police (“3 deep”) without access to food, water or bathroom facilities. No one is allowed into or out of the police corral. They French protesters will be sleeping in the streets again tonight.
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