International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ reaches the Mediterranean


Three vessels travelling to Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza have reached the Mediterranean, Global Voices Online reported on Monday.

A series of conferences were planned in Portugal and Spain after the ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ – made up of the ‘Marianne of Gothenburg’, ‘Ship to Gaza Sweden’ and ‘Ship to Gaza Norway’ – reached Mediterranean waters in a “peaceful, nonviolent action to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip”.

There are many events planned in Gaza for the time of the ships’ arrival, including an exhibition of Palestinian products titled ‘Gaza Ark Exhibition’.

One of the exhibition’s organisers, Sameera Qarmout, said that: “Before [Gaza] was attacked, we had the hope that our embroideries would be exported aboard Gaza’s Ark. The coming Freedom Flotilla III has given us a light of new hope that our products will still be made available to world markets.”

Between 2008 and 2010, the International Freedom Flotilla has attempted several times to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. This attempt will commemorate 5 years since Israel’s deadly attack on the Mavi Marmara, which resulted in the deaths of 9 activists from the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH).

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