Rachel Corrie aid ship to arrive Gaza Saturday

14:30, June 05, 2010      

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The Rachel Corrie international aid ship is approaching the Gaza Strip and will arrive on Saturday.

The vessel, which is also part of the Freedom Flotilla, is now more than 200 km away from Gaza in international waters, and is scheduled to reach the coastal enclave early Saturday, said The Free Gaza Movement on Friday.

A human rights organization aimed at breaking the Gaze siege, the group is a major sponsor and media coordinator for the international aid convoy, which is in the spotlight after engaged in a deadly Monday confrontation with the Israeli navy. Nine civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the showdown.

On board the Rachel Corrie are a group of Irish and Malaysian peace activists, including a Nobel Peace laureate and a former UN official from Ireland. It is loaded with construction materials, paper and other supplies.

The activists aboard the ship on Friday denied earlier Israeli reports that it has agreed to dock and unload its cargos at southern Israel's Ashdod port.

Israel will not allow any ship reach Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday during a cabinet meeting convened to discuss how to deal with the aid ship.

Sources told Xinhua Thursday that the Israeli defense echelon is considering boarding the vessel in case it does not follow Israeli order to dock at Ashdod. They believe that taking over it will be simple, inasmuch as this is a small craft capable of only containing several dozen passengers.

Source: Xinhua


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