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Activists set off on boat trip to war-hit Gaza

 International activists load boxes of medical supplies aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, D...
 International activists load boxes of medical supplies aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, D...
 International activists cover boxes of medical supplies to protect them from the rain aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot por...
 Former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is seen in front of boat before setting sail with boxes of medical supplies aboard, for Gaza from the Cypr...

CYPRUS GAZA BLOCKADE

International activists load boxes of medical supplies aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, D...

CYPRUS GAZA BLOCKADE

International activists load boxes of medical supplies aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca, Cyprus, Monday, D...

CYPRUS GAZA BLOCKADE

International activists cover boxes of medical supplies to protect them from the rain aboard a boat before setting sail for Gaza from the Cypriot por...

CYPRUS GAZA BLOCKADE

Former U.S. congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is seen in front of boat before setting sail with boxes of medical supplies aboard, for Gaza from the Cypr...

International peace activists set sail from Cyprus on Monday in hopes of delivering medical supplies to Gaza, despite intensive Israeli air raids against Palestinian targets that have killed hundreds.
The 66-foot (20-meter) yacht Dignity left Larnaca with almost 4 metric tons (3.6 tons) of Cypriot-donated supplies and 16 passengers, including former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, Cypriot lawmaker Eleni Theocharous and activists from Britain, Australia, Ireland and Tunisia, organizers said.
Theocharous, who is also a surgeon, said supplies include urgently-needed surgical equipment and antibiotics that will be used to treat the wounded.
"We're hoping that the Israelis are receptive to our very clear focus that this is a humanitarian mission," said Caoimhe Butterly, the spokeswoman for the Free Gaza group. "This is a symbolic relief shipment and we hope that it will be the first of many."
The Free Gaza group has made five deliveries of aid by boat to Gaza since August, defying a blockade imposed by Israel when Hamas won control of the territory in June 2007.
Organizers say they are aware the Israeli navy may stop them this time.
Israel launched the deadliest bombing campaign against Palestinians in decades on Saturday in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns.
The strikes in Gaza have killed at least 315 people and wounded 1,400. Israel has launched more than 300 airstrikes, and its military has said naval vessels have also bombarded targets from the sea.
It is also sending tanks toward the Gaza border and approving the call-up of thousands of reserve soldiers in apparent preparation for a ground offensive.
"We will try to make it to send the message to the Palestinian people that they are not alone and to the rest of the world that they must consider what is going on there right now," Theocharous said.
McKinney, who unsuccessfully ran this year for the U.S. presidency on the Green Party ticket, said she will petition U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to speak out against the Israeli attacks on Gaza.


Updated : 2021-04-14 01:44 GMT+08:00