JERUSALEM, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Israel is monitoring the movement of an aid convoy that will leave Lebanon Sunday and head for the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said.
The convoy started in India and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and Syria before arriving in Lebanon, Israel Radio said Friday.
Activists from 15 countries are participating in what is known as either the Asia 1 or the Asian People's Solidarity with Palestine convoy, Iran's Press TV said.
Israeli officials said the progress of the convoy is being monitored, and the Israeli Meir Amit and Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said the APSP is hostile to Israel.
The majority of participants in the convoy are from India but the possibility that al-Qaida affiliated groups may infiltrate activists cannot be excluded, the center said.
The convoy plans to enter the Gaza Strip Tuesday, despite the Israeli-imposed blockade there, Feroze Mithiborwala, one of the convoy's organizers, told the Indian Express
In Damascus earlier this week, convoy participants were greeted by Hamas leader Khalid Masha'al and Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, Iran's Press TV said. The television network said seven Iranian lawmakers also joined the convoy in Damascus.
"I want you to know that Israel is illegitimate, today and tomorrow. It is an occupying, murderous, racist state, heading terrorism in the world, and not only in the region. The Gaza siege is not Israel's only crime," the Syrian Ahlul Bayt News agency quoted Masha'al as saying.
"Today we meet you in Syria, tomorrow you will be met on freed Gazan land, and soon we will meet you on freed Jerusalem land, God-willing," he said.