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'Freedom Flotilla': Activists set sail for Gaza to break Israel blockade


The so-called "Freedom Flotilla III" departed from various ports in Greece on Saturday. This is the third attempt to break the Palestinian blockade, which has lasted for nine years, according to a news release on the campaign's official webpage.

Our strong determination is to get to our destination despite [Netanyahu's] threats to stop us," Arab Israeli lawmaker Basel Ghattas wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

Ghattas is a member of the team of around 70 people, including former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and Spanish MEP Ana Maria Miranda Paza. Their journey is the result of "the joint work of campaigns from Spain, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Canada, Italy, the United States, and many other countries," spokesperson for the global Freedom Flotilla Coalition, Loukas Stamellos, told the Common Dreams news website.

"At the moment we are sailing on the Swedish boat Marianne of Gothenburg, which [is leading] the flotilla, in the neutral waters of the Mediterranean. Aboard there are an Al Jazeera camera crew, a New Zealand TV crew and Israeli journalist Ohad Hemo, as well as the former Tunisian president and Palestinian member of Israel's parliament," RT's source on one of the ships said on Saturday, adding that they plan to arrive in Gaza on Monday.

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