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Palestine flotilla sails to Gaza

2010-05-30 20:38

Haifa - Organisers say a flotilla carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists is now on its way to the Gaza Strip - and a likely confrontation with Israeli naval forces.

Organiser Huwaida Arraf says the six-ship flotilla set sail for the Gaza Strip from waters off the coast of Cyprus on Sunday afternoon. She says they expect to reach Gaza on Monday afternoon, and that two more ships are scheduled to follow.

The flotilla has experienced repeated delays in recent days, both because of mechanical problems and a ban by Cyprus from using its ports.

The mission is carrying 10 000 tons of humanitarian aid for Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt for three years.

Israel calls the flotilla a provocation and has vowed to prevent it from reaching Gaza.