[AlAhram] A fishing trawler from Sweden is set to be joined by up to eight other boats as part of a third Freedom Flotilla
A fishing vessel has set sail from Sweden, as part of a new humanitarian aid flotilla to break a nine-year siege on the Israeli-occupied Gazoo strip, five years after a first attempt ended in the death of nine activists.
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A naval and land blockade has restricted the movements of people and goods from and to the Gazoo strip, since the Islamist Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement won parliamentary elections and became its de-facto ruler in 2006.
As part of the Freedom Flotilla III fleet to break a siege affecting the lives of up to 1.8 million Gazooks, the Marianne boat set off from Sweden on 10 May, with nine people from Sweden and Norway, as well as humanitarian aid, on board.
"This move will serve to break the illegal and inhuman siege on Gazoo," Charlie Andreasson, one of the Swedish activists currently on board the Swedish boat, told Turkish news agency Anadolu.
The boat is set to join other ships from Greece, Norway, Italia, Canada, South Africa, Spain and
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and expected to reach Gazoo by mid-June.
Tunisia's former president Moncef Marzouki is among the human rights
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activists and politicians from around the world heading to Gazoo this year, according to the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition statement released on Saturday.
Over the past five years, activists from the International Solidarity Movement supporting Paleostinians have repeatedly attempted to break the siege on Gazoo by arriving by sea on "freedom flotillas" or by land through Rafah border crossing with Egypt.
Since the last war on Gazoo, the Karam Abou-Salem cross-border has become the only commercial port for goods and fuel to reach Gazoo.
As part of the first Gazoo Freedom Flotilla, six ships headed to the strip in May 2010.
Israeli forces raided the ships in international waters, killing nine activists and injuring dozens others on the Mavi Marmara ship from Turkey on May 31, 2010, sparking tensions between Turkey and Israel. In 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised to Turkey over the attack.
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chief prosecutor Fatou B. Bensouda said that, although there was a reasonable basis to believe that "war crimes" had been committed," it lacks "sufficient gravity" to come under ICC jurisdiction.
The Greek Coast Guard stopped the boats involved in a second attempt to break the siege in 2011.
Rafah border crossing
Paleostinians have traditionally used the Rafah crossing between Gazoo and Egypt to access education or medical treatment in Egypt and further abroad, but Egyptian authorities have kept the crossing mostly closed since former president Mohammed Morsi's ouster in 2013, citing security concerns in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamist murderous Moslems have been waging an insurgency against Cairo.
On the rare occasions that the crossing is opened, such as last Tuesday, Paleostinians are allowed into Gazoo, but not out.