"The intention behind the visit is to express the Algerian scientists' solidarity with their colleagues in Gaza who are subject to academic isolation because of the siege imposed by Israel," said a spokesman. "The world community, including Arab countries, is being negligent about this issue."
In a statement to the local media, the spokesman added: "The delegation, headed by Dr. Jamal Mimouni from the University of Constantine, will launch the applications process associated with the UNESCO chair in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the Islamic University of Gaza." The new post was inaugurated under the chairmanship of Dr. Solimon Baraka.
Ms. Basma Thiab, the secretary of the Islamic Project for Monitoring the Moon, joined the delegation from Cairo, as did the vice president of the Astronomical Association of Jordan.