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International activists sail to bust Israeli sea blockade on Gaza

International activists sail to bust Israeli sea blockade on Gaza

International activists departed from Cyprus by boat yesterday in an attempt to run an Israeli sea blockade on 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza.
The 44 activists sailed from the port of Larnaca in two wooden boats at 9:50 a.m. (local time). Hailing from 14 countries, they said they expected to reach the shores of Gaza, patrolled by the Israeli navy, today.
"It has been 41 years since any boat has travelled in those waters, and we plan to be the first," said U.S. citizen Paul Larudee, one of the organizers of the "Free Gaza" campaign.
A previous attempt by the Palestinian Liberation organization to sail to Haifa from Cyprus with Palestinian deportees failed in 1988, when a limpet bomb blew a hole in the hull of a ferry boat they had chartered.
An Israeli army spokesman declined to say whether the navy had plans to intercept the ship before it reached Gaza.
The activists also plan to deliver some aid to Palestinians in the Gaza strip, but that the main purpose is to highlight the suffering of people living there.


Updated : 2021-04-17 21:02 GMT+08:00