Int'l flotilla to break Gaza siege mid-April

MENA

Published: 2024-03-28 17:33

Last Updated: 2024-04-17 22:07


The ship MV Mavi Marmara, previously leading a six-ship convoy to Gaza (File photo)
The ship MV Mavi Marmara, previously leading a six-ship convoy to Gaza (File photo)

The international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza (ICBSG), in cooperation with the Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation are gearing up to launch a new campaign to break the Israeli Occupation siege on Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid to the Strip by the way of sea in light of the catastrophic humanitarian situation.

Under the banner “Freedom Fleet-2”, approximately 1,200 Arab and international volunteers aboard six ships will set sail on April 14 from the Turkish port of Antalya in an attempt to deliver aid to the Strip which has been besieged since 2007.

Badi Mohammed Al-Rafay’ah, a member of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, highlighted the importance of this campaign in delivering “aid without restrictions” despite the risks taken.

The organizations previously organized a flotilla in 2010, where six ships carried 6,000 tons of humanitarian aid and construction material with the intention of breaking the “Israeli” naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

750 activists from 36 Arab and foreign countries, including parliamentarians, journalists, artists, writers, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates were aboard the ships destined for Gaza.

The Israeli Occupation forces (IOF), on May 31, 2010, raided the six ships in international waters before reaching its destination, killing 10 activists and passengers and injuring 30 others.

Four warships, three helicopters, two submarines, and thirty patrol boats belonging to the IOF’s navy intercepted the ship (Mavi Marmara) in international waters, 72 miles off the coast of Gaza.

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