Israel to stop all aid ships reaching Gaza

2010-06-01 07:49

Israel will prevent all aid ships from reaching Gaza, a defence

official warned today, as activists vowed a new attempt to run the blockade

despite the bloody ending to its latest mission.

“We will not let any ships reach Gaza and supply what has become a

terrorist base threatening the heart of Israel,” deputy defence minister Matan

Vilnai told public radio.

Vilnai’s remarks were made as organisers of the so-called ‘Freedom

Flotilla’ said they were preparing to send two more aid boats to Gaza, despite

yesterday’s deadly Israeli commando raid on one of their boats in which nine

activists were killed.

Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement said the next attempt to run

the blockade would not take place for several days.

“The Rachel Corrie (cargo ship) is currently located off the coast

of Italy and the other boat is still being repaired,” she said.


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