Gaza's Ark to defy Israeli blockade despite attack

"In response to this attack we will increase our efforts to challenge the blockade through non-violent direct action," Freedom Flotilla Coalition said in a statement.

Gaza's Ark to defy Israeli blockade despite attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

A group of activists protesting against the Israeli blockade on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have announced their plans to defy an export ban within a few months.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition said that the Gaza's Ark ship would be sent out from Gaza despite an attack on April 29.

"In response to this attack we will increase our efforts to challenge the blockade through non-violent direct action," Freedom Flotilla Coalition said in a statement.

"We now plan to sail Gaza's Ark early in the fall of 2014," the statement added.

"The attack, which occurred on April 29th, caused substantial damage to the hull of the boat," the coalition said.

"These hull damages and others caused by the explosion need a minimum of 2 months work to repair at a cost of approximately US $30,000."

Having challenged the blockade on Gaza since its establishment eight years ago, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition was hoping to break the Israeli blockade from within by setting sail from Gaza to export Palestinian goods.

Although the identity of the attackers have not yet been proven, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition stated "the authorities have not yet concluded their investigations of the incident, so it is premature to blame anyone, but it is well known who enforces the blockade on Gaza and who doesn't want it challenged.”

"Preliminary results of the investigation and inspection by our partners indicate that the materials which were used in the attack are not readily found in Gaza."

"The Freedom Flotilla Coalition commits to continue its work against the blockade of Gaza in all ways and by all non-violent means possible, including supporting the May 31st International Freedom Day for Gaza," the coalition pledged.

On May 31st 2010, Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla, which set sail from Turkey carrying a wide range of international activists, and killed 9 Turkish nationals in international waters.

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