LINK The aid convoy, stranded in Aqaba, Jordan, for five days, on its way to the Gaza Strip, turns back to Syria after Cairo's refusal to let it cross through its territory.
"After talks between the Turkish government's envoy and the Egyptian consulate in Aqaba, we agreed to go to Syria," Zaher Birawi, spokesman for the convoy, told Agence France-Presse.
"We have told the Egyptians that we were not trying to challenge them and urged them to help us, but they refused," Birawi said.
"The aid convoy will leave Aqaba for (the Mediterranean port of) Latakia in Syria before going to El-Arish, in line with Cairo's decision," said Maysara Malas, of Jordan's powerful trade union federation, which helped organizing the aid convoy.
Birawi also said 15 members of the convoy "have started a hunger strike, while a rally will be held later Sunday."
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