New Gaza-bound flotilla to set sail again

August 5, 2010 10:15 am 

STOCKHOLM, Aug. 5 — A new aid flotilla would set sail again to Gaza before the end of the year if Israel does not lift its blockade, an organization said in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The new aid flotilla would feature more ships than the six that were raided by Israel soldiers in May, members from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella group, said here after a meeting.

The European representatives of the group held a meeting to discuss a plan to buy and license ships for the new aid flotilla to Gaza.

They also discussed the plan to enlarge the coalition "to include the various groups around the world that want to join us, as well as intensify our efforts to mobilize a new flotilla," the group said in a statement.

An international aid flotilla with six ships was intercepted by Israel forces on May 31 when it was attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Nine people died in the resulting confrontation, including eight Turkish citizens. (PNA/Xinhua)

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