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Free Gaza: Sabotage on the High Sea.

Cyprus -- PNN - the Free Gaza movement acused Israeli of saportaging its flottial sips while on their way to the Gaza Strip. Israeli navy Colonel Itzik Tourgeman told the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee this week that two more ships are on their way to try and break the naval blockade of Gaza. The head of research in the operations division said, The ships have not reached their target as of today because covert action was taken against them. On a press statement the free Gaza movement announced "We had suspicions about our two boats, Challenger 1 and 2 and their mechanical problems as they sailed toward the flotilla, but we were not going to say anything unless we could prove it. Turns out we didn't have to prove it. Israeli mouthpieces did.""We were lucky that our two captains were superbly trained and able to offload the passengers safely." The free Gaza movement added.On Monday Israeli navy attacked the Free Gaza aid flotilla killing 9 activists and injuring as many as 40 other civilians on board those ships. The attack took place at the international waters. On Saturday another aid ship will try to break the siege imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip. The ship is called Rachel Corrie.The Irish vessel is named after an American peace activist that had been ran over and killed by an Israeli bulldozer. It is carrying more than 20 people: made up of Malaysians and five Irish and also has eight crew members."So we are going to make sure the Rachel Corrie is well protected and that Israel is put on notice that anything that happens to her, the passengers and the crew will rest with Israel. As a result of these threats, we're going to pull Rachel Corrie into a port, add more high-profile people on board, and insist that journalists from around the world also come with us." free Gaza movement concluded.The Freedom Flotilla was an effort by a coalition of human rights and humanitarian organizations to nonviolently break through Israel's blockade, and deliver much needed humanitarian and developmental aid to the Palestinians of Gaza. Almost 700 passengers from 40 different countries joined the flotilla, including: human rights workers, humanitarian aid workers, Members of Parliament, doctors, nurses, teachers, community leaders, and international journalists.The lead coalition partners included:Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), the largest coalition partner, contributing 2 Turkish-flagged cargo ships, the Turkish-flagged passenger ship Mavi Marmara, and 380 Turkish nationals to the effort. This was IHH's first attempt to break the Gaza blockade.

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Date:Jun 4, 2010
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