Friday, January 14, 2011

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza By The End Of May

The Turkish Humanitarian Foundation (IHH) announced that Freedom Flotilla 2 will be sailing to the Gaza Strip by the end of May this year.
IHH led the Freedom Flotilla that was attacked in international waters last year. In late May of 2010, the Israeli navy attacked Marmara Turkish ship, part of the Freedom Flotilla that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies, and killed nine Turkish activists; dozens of activists were wounded.
The new flotilla is expected to include more than 12 ships and will be sailing to Gaza departing from southern Turkey.
It will be led by Marmara ship, the same ship that was attacked by the Israeli navy leading to the death of the nine activists before the army towed it to Ashdod Port.
Israeli Paper, Maariv, reported that Israel has already started a campaign to stop the flotilla but, so far, the efforts did not lead to any success.
Recently, Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, demand EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, to announce that the IHH is an illegal organization.
Meanwhile, IHH reported that European parliamentarians, Arab and Turkish parliamentarians will join the flotilla regardless of the Israeli threats to use force, once again, against the solidarity ships.
In the last Freedom Flotilla, 12 Malaysians were onboard Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by the Zionist naval commando unit, Shayetet 13. (mn)


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