Lebanese Gaza-bound aid ship to start trip in days (4)

13:52, June 22, 2010      

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After the flotilla episode, as international activists were planning more convoys to challenge Israel's blockade policy, Israeli senior officials had repeatedly said the Jewish state would continue the naval lockdown, though the Israeli government announced on Sunday that it was moving to loosen its land blockade against the Gaza Strip.

Israel keeps the right to decide the kind of goods allowed into the coastal area, but has agreed to let more in.

The Israeli authorities will publish a list of banned items, including weapons and "problematic" dual-use materials, to replace the current list of permitted products.

Meanwhile, a Lebanese group of activists and media personnel urged Israel to return a ship seized by the Jewish state in February 2009 after it was trying to break the blockade on the Palestinian strip.

Lebanese activist Maan Bashour said that the "brotherhood ship," still kept by Israel, was a symbol of "sacrifice offered to Palestine."

Source: Xinhua
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