Jerusalem, Jan 03 (Agencies): Over 100 pro-Palestinian activists from Asia, almost half of them Indians, have arrived in Gaza with over 300 tonnes of humanitarian aid for the people of the territory, marking the anniversary of Israel's 22-day war against Islamist Hamas.

Numbering 112, the Asian activists from India, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Kuwait have brought with them medical supplies and toys for the children of Gaza.

Some 1.5 million Palestinians, most of them living in the refugee camps of Gaza, have remained cut off from the outside world since Israel, backed by the West, imposed severe sanctions on the territory being ruled by Hamas, whose charter doesn't recognise Israel and calls for its total destruction.

The activists made their way to Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing after Cairo gave them the required clearance. However, activists from Iran and Jordan were denied permit.
The caravan had started from India on December 2 and passed through a number of countries on its way.

The activists entered Gaza yesterday evening, but the aid from the ship was being unloaded at El-Arish, the Egyptian port city, and will enter the Islamist Hamas-ruled territory on Monday, Egyptian officials were quoted by Palestinian news agency Ma'an as saying.

The Asia to Gaza convoy was scheduled to reach the coastal territory by December 27, in time for the second anniversary of Israel's 22-day war against Islamist Hamas that rules the Strip after vanquishing forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority.

Several efforts have been made by various groups to break Israel's siege over Gaza, whose Islamist Hamas rulers are not recognised by most of the countries.