[News] 50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla
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Thu Jun 10 10:52:00 EDT 2010
50 Ships To Join Second Freedom Flotilla
Thursday June 10, 2010 12:37
by Palestine News Network
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
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
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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