Israeli Frigates Chasing Gaza-Bound Aids Ship

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12:32 | 2011-01-02


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TEHRAN (FNA)- Two Israeli frigates are chasing a ship carrying Asian aids for the besieged people of Gaza in the international waters, reports said, cautioning that the Zionist regime is likely to repeat its earlier raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

According to reports on Sunday, two Israeli frigates have contacted the ship, named Salam, and called on the vessel’s captain to provide them with information on the crew and all others aboard the ship. Several activists accompanying the Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza are aboard the ship.

The ship, carrying only eight members of the Gaza-bound Asian convoy, left Syria’s Lattakia Port for al-Arish Port in Egypt on Saturday.

The eight members include peace activists from Azerbaijan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.

Meantime, members of the Asian Aid Caravan to Gaza said that the Egyptian authorities granted visas to 120 activists but refused entry to several members, including seven Iranian MPs.

Cairo denied entry to seven Iranian members of parliament on board. Several activists, from over 18 countries, were also denied entry.

“From 160 activists of Asia2gaza, only 120 members received Egypt visa,” the group said on Thursday.

Egypt’s approval is required to reach the Gaza Strip through the shared Rafah crossing, particularly since Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip was tightened in 2007.

The convoy, which currently has activists from 18 different nationalities onboard, began its journey from the Indian capital, New Delhi and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Lebanon.

The activists say they want to display solidarity with the Palestinian people in their resistance against Israel. The Asian peace activists hope that the move would provide a good opportunity for breaking the siege of Gaza.

The move came nearly seven months after Israeli forces raided the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31. Over 100 Israeli soldiers supported by military choppers boarded a Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, leading the six-ship convoy in international waters.

The Israeli commandoes killed 20 international human rights activists and wounded 80 more. Nine of the victims were Turkish nationals. Some members of the European parliaments, former western diplomats, reporters and human rights activists were among the victims of Israel’s brutal act.

The siege of Gaza started in June 2007 when Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip. This was supported by the governments of Egypt and the US.

The blockade consists of a land blockade along Gaza’s borders with Egypt and Israel and a sea blockade. It immediately followed the 2006-2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority following the election of Hamas to the Palestinian government.

The blockade has attracted criticism from many Human Rights organizations. September 2009 UN fact-finding mission found that the blockade of Gaza “amounted to collective punishment” was likely a war crime and a crime against humanity and recommended that the matter be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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