Boats to break Israeli blockade of Gaza

Two boats carrying 40 people from 17 countries are to leave Cyprus for Gaza in a bid to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

During a news conference in Athens, the group said that they would leave Athens on August 1 to draw attention to the plight of 1.5 million Palestinians suffering from acute shortage of basic necessities from fuel to food.

Nearly 100 human rights organizations have supported the boat trip.

The organizers of the move warned that any hostile action against the move would be a violation of human rights, according to Press TV’s Beirut Bureau.

Paul Larudee, one of the event’s organizers, said, “Israel says it’s pulled out its soldiers from Gaza so they should have no objection to us going there,”

“We have been in contact with the authorities in Greece, in Cyprus and with the Palestinians … There is no reason to contact the Israeli authorities because we will not be using their territory,” the Canadian Press quoted Larudee as saying.

The group will deliver 100 hearing aids to a Palestinian charity as a form of humanitarian aid, said Larudee, whose group is based in El Cerrito, California.

Israel has imposed the siege on the impoverished territory of 1.5 million Palestinian people since last June leading to a humanitarian crisis.

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