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Ban on ships for Gaza 'to protect activists'

2011-07-02 18:00

Athens - Greece said it acted to protect pro-Palestinian activists when it banned all Gaza-bound ships from leaving its ports for a second day on Saturday.

The outraged activists meanwhile, seemed divided over how to respond to the ban.

Greece's Civil Protection Authority confirmed on Saturday that the ban on departures of ships "with Greek and foreign flags from Greek ports to the maritime area of Gaza" was in place "until further notice".

The ban had been imposed in light of "the need to protect national interests" as well as "the immediate dangers to human life posed by the attempt to break the blockade", a statement said.

It cited Israel's "declaration to use violence against those who attempt to break the blockade", as well as a United Nations plea for member states on the Mediterranean "to use their influence to discourage" the mission.

Activists have accused Israeli secret services of keeping the mission grounded through a campaign of harassment and dirty tricks, including "sabotage" attempts on two boats and a slew of bureaucratic problems.

But they appeared divided over how to react to the obstacles facing them.

While some activists called for an immediate departure, others argued the futility of defying the Greek ban.

Comments
  • M. Khoza - 2011-07-02 18:09

    This apartheid Israeli state will fall even harder then the South African racist state

      Zanu - 2011-07-03 03:24

      khoza your terrorist Hamas brothers blow up so fast.

      Cornix - 2011-07-03 04:44

      Khoza, Israel will NOT fall. It is a prophetic certainty!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-03 10:22

      When will the apartheid state of Saudi Arabia which does not allow non-muslims to enter the cities of mecca and medina fall? Nonmuslims are NOT ALLOWED to openly worship ANYWHERE in saudi arabia! land of the sick violent evil religion,

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-03 10:22

      When will the apartheid state of Saudi Arabia which does not allow non-muslims to enter the cities of mecca and medina fall? Nonmuslims are NOT ALLOWED to openly worship ANYWHERE in saudi arabia! land of the sick violent evil religion,

  • montecristo - 2011-07-02 19:07

    Let them sail and then sink them, Israel.

  • meelo - 2011-07-02 20:15

    oppression is worse than death. It kills the spirit of a human.

      Zanu - 2011-07-03 03:26

      correct, its time to force hamas to stop oppressing their own people.

  • The huntchback - 2011-07-02 21:44

    Every dog gets his day, Israel will get a weekend

      Zanu - 2011-07-03 03:26

      thanks for that you pig

      Cornix - 2011-07-03 04:45

      Nope, will not happen. Dream on. VIVA ISRAEL!!!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-03 09:43

      The huntchback - guess the fakeistianians are getting their day for past 100 years in that case - they live like dogs bcos they chose war in 1947 instead of peace!

  • John Paul - 2011-07-02 22:51

    The flotilla should sail to Benghazi!

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