Monday, May 24, 2010

Eight 'Freedom Flotilla' vessels headed for Gaza

Meanwhile on Sunday, three ships continued to make their way from Istanbul to the Gaza port in an attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade. Al-Jazeera reported that five passenger ships , also part of the 'Freedom Flotilla,' were set to rendezvous with the three ships in international waters before sailing to Gaza. The three ships are carrying 600 pro-Palestinian activists and 10,000 tons of supplies intended to aid the population of Gaza.

John Ging, the head of the United Nation's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, voiced support for the flotilla, urging the world to "send ships to the shores of Gaza."

Israel, he said, "would not stop these vessels because the sea is open."

"Many human rights organizations have been successful in previous similar steps, and proved that breaking the siege on Gaza is possible," he continued.

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