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Activists to send aid boat to war-hit Gaza

Activists to send aid boat to war-hit Gaza

A group of international activists says it will defy an Israeli blockade and send a boat with medical supplies to war-hit Gaza from Cyprus.
Free Gaza Group spokeswoman Caoimhe Butterly says their 66-foot (20-meter) yacht Dignity will leave Larnaca port around 5 p.m. (1400GMT) Monday with 3.5 tons of donated supplies.
She says the yacht will carry 16 passengers, including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney, Cypriot lawmaker and doctor Eleni Theocharous and activists from Britain, Australia, Ireland and Tunisia.
Butterly says the urgent need to deliver aid requested by Gaza authorities "outweighs the risks" of entering a war zone.
Free Gaza has successfully made five deliveries of aid by boat from Larnaca to Gaza over the past four months.