[News] 50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla

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50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla


  Thursday June 10, 2010 12:37
 by Palestine News Network 
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Yasser Qashlaq, the head of the Free Palestine Movement, announced 
Thursday that Freedom Flotilla 2 could include up to 50 ships.

Qashlaq said that a ship organized by Journalists Without Borders 
will depart from Lebanon to Gaza within a week. There will be 
journalists, members of the Free Palestine Movement, and other peace 
activists aboard the ship.

On Wednesday, organizers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla announced that 
a Swiss ship will join the next convoy to Gaza.

On Monday, May 31, Israeli Navy commandos attacked the original 
Freedom Flotilla while it was sailing to Gaza but still in 
international waters. The raid killed nine civilian activists and 
injured 54. Eight Israeli soldiers were wounded in the operation.

The Freedom Flotilla was an effort by a coalition of human rights and 
humanitarian organizations to nonviolently break through Israel's 
blockade and deliver much needed humanitarian and developmental aid 
to the Palestinians of Gaza.

Almost 700 passengers from 40 different countries joined the 
flotilla. There were human rights workers, humanitarian aid workers, 
members of parliament, doctors, nurses, teachers, community leaders, 
and international journalists on board the ships.

The lead coalition partners included Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH). IHH 
was the largest coalition partner. It contributing 2 Turkish-flagged 
cargo ships including the passenger ship the Mavi Marmara and 380 
Turkish nationals to the effort. This was IHH's first attempt to 
break the Gaza blockade.

Two Iranian Aid Ships to Sail to Gaza


  Thursday June 10, 2010 02:34
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
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Abdul-Raouf Adeeb Zada, head of the the Iranian Red Crescent's 
International Relations department , announced Wednesday that two 
Iranian ships carrying humanitarian supplies will be sailing to Gaza 
by the end of this week.

Zada stated that "after the Israeli aggression against the Freedom 
Flotilla, the Red Crescent decided to sent humanitarian aid to Gaza, 
one again", and added that several meetings were held in this regard.

He also said that the first ship carries humanitarian supplies, while 
the second ship carries relief supplies to the Palestinian Red 
Crescent society.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard stated earlier this week stated it is 
willing to accompany and guard the ships should the Iranian Supreme 
Leaders, Ali Khomeini, issue an order in this regard.

Ali Shirazi, the assistance of Khomeini, stated that the 
Revolutionary Guard is ready and willing to accompany the ships to 
ensure their safety and to ensure humanitarian supplies make it into Gaza.

Also on Wednesday, the United Nation Security Council voted to impose 
a fourth round of sanction on Iran after claiming the Tehran failed 
to stop its nuclear enrichment program.

The sanctions include an expanded embargo on arm, and further 
restriction on finance.

The decision fell short of what the United States wanted, as its 
representative demanded tighter sanctions on Tehran.

The Islamic Republic insists that it is not seeking nuclear weapons, 
but is only seeking nuclear energy.

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