Most Dutch aboard Freedom Flotilla head for home

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Most of the Dutch citizens aboard the Dutch-Italian ship which forms part of the Freedom Flotilla are going home. The ship, which is carrying aid good for the Gaza Strip, is currently at anchor in the port of the Greek island of Corfu.

The Greek authorities have barred the vessel from leaving port and said they would board it if it attempted to sail. The flotilla consists of nine ships. It is not clear if any of the other eight ships will sail. The activists aboard the flotilla want to “Break the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The first flotilla was stopped by the Israeli navy on 31 May 2010. Nine activists aboard the passenger ship MV Mavi Marmara were killed in clashes between the activists and Israeli commandos boarding the vessel.


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  • EENV posted:

    on 6th July 2011, 13:51:01 - Reply

    Good. NL does not need to be involved in a provocation such as this. A year ago, they claimed the Gaza was under siege, this year the border with Egypt is totally open and they can send whatever they wand through it, so why provoking the Israeli Navy at sea?
    Besides, if Gaza needs any help that is not against the Israelis but against HAMAS, one of the most notorious terror organizations that killed many more of its own people than Israel ever did.
    Unfortunately, Palestinian propaganda together with naive organizations are focusing on Gaza instead of on places that really need food and medical help.