Organizers: "Rachel Corrie" still sailing to Gaza
The Irish cargo ship "Rachel Corrie" is still sailing toward Gaza and may arrive off the coast of the occupied territory sometime this weekend, organizers said Friday.
Greta Berlin, a co-founder of the pro-Palestinian, international Free Gaza organization, denied reports that the ship had changed course and was heading back to Ireland, DPA reported.
She said one of the passengers on board had been misquoted in a radio interview.
"It's on its way. It's ready. The people on board are getting tired. We want to get in," Berlin told the German Press-Agency dpa.
"We want to unload our cargo," she added, after the ship had cruised for days in the Mediterranean without heading full steam toward Gaza, in the aftermath of Israel's forceful interception of six earlier ships on Monday.
Berlin said "our satellite contacts have been disconnected" with the "Rachel Corrie" and the organizers were now trying to make radio contact with the ship to get its exact coordinates, after which she would be able to give an estimated arrival time.
That expected arrival time could possibly be as early as Friday, but could also be later if the ship was approaching while daylight was running out. "If it's getting too close to dark, we are not getting in in the dark."