Activists plan new Gaza aid convoy in late May

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2011 3:52 PM
Activists plan new Gaza aid convoy in late May

Pro-Palestinian activists said Monday they are planning to send a new convoy of humanitarian aid ships to the Gaza Strip, a year after a raid by Israeli forces on a similar mission left nine Turks dead.

Organizers said more than 10 ships are expected to sail in late May in an effort to break Israel's blockade of the territory. Passengers will include U.S., Canadian, British and French nationals, and include lawmakers and reporters.

Activists in Athens said they are determined to continue with the convoy, despite last May's fatal raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship and the threat of new violence.

On Monday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed for action from EU ambassadors in Jerusalem. "This flotilla must be stopped," he told them.

Israel eased its blockade under international pressure after the deaths. Israel imposed the blockade after Hamas militants seized control of Gaza in 2007, and still restricts some materials.