'Freedom Flotilla-2' to break Gaza blockade

Politics Materials 30 June 2011 16:28 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 30 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /

Despite Israel's warnings about preventing the breaking of a Gaza sea blockade and threats to intercept the flotilla, the "Freedom Flotilla 2's" activists will realize their goals, Anwar Gharbi, the head of the flotilla's European activists, said today.

"The activists are going to cover the events in Gaza," Gharbi, who is also the head of the Association "Rights for all society", told Trend over phone from Bern.

The first ships of "Freedom Flotilla 2" have already left the ports. They intend to meet at a agreed place in the Mediterranean Sea, and together go to the Gaza Strip.

It is expected that the campaign will be attended by a few hundred peoples in ten vessels. They are going to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and with their activities they are goint to emphasize the illegality of blockade imposed by Israel.

Tel Aviv, in turn, insists that the blockade aimed at preventing the smuggling of arms and ammunition is quite legal, and "Freedom Flotilla" participants are deliberately provoking the Israeli authorities for tough action.

In 2010, the "Freedom Flotilla" was intercepted in the Mediterranean. Then nine activists were killed in clashes with Israeli Special Forces.

Gharbi said Israel launched a propaganda campaign, claiming that the "Freedom Flotilla-2" pursues other goals.

He said the new flotilla's main failure was that some countries preferred not to participate in this campaign.

"The refusal of some countries to participate in this campaign in the last minute, severely damaged the realization of some planned activities, but it will not prevent us to realize our plans," he said.