Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Freedom Flotilla II to set sail in June

The Mavi Marmara, which led the first Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

Source: Press TV

International activists plan to deliver large quantities of humanitarian assistance to the blockaded Gaza Strip with a new aid flotilla in late June.

The Freedom Flotilla II will set sail for Gaza in the third week of June.

The aid flotilla is being organized by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, most of them based in Europe, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

The mission is named after the first Freedom Flotilla, which Israel attacked on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish activists and injuring around 50 others.

The organizers announced the departure time after a meeting in Paris, saying the convoy will have around 15 vessels and over 1,000 activists.

The Turkish Islamic aid group IHH (the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief) has said it expects the convoy to be at least twice as big as the previous one.

The mission will depart from various European ports, including Marseille, France.

Israeli military officials have confirmed that preparations are under way to stop any new flotilla.

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