Flotilla Carrying Wounded Set for Bid to Break ’Israeli’ Gaza Siege
Two boats are set to sail from Palestine's Gaza Strip in a bid to break the "Israeli"-imposed 11-year siege which prevented medical supplies from getting into the coastal enclave and patients from leaving.
Scheduled to set off on Tuesday morning, the vessels will attempt to carry a group of approximately 30 people, including protesters wounded in weeks-long demonstrations along the Gaza Strip fence with the "Israeli"-occupied entity.
Palestinians have been rallying since March 30 to call for the right of return for refugees to the homes and villages they were forcibly expelled from in 1948. "Israeli" forces killed at least 120 Palestinians in the coastal enclave and wounded at least 13,000 people since the protests began.
Alaa Al-Battah, a member of the flotilla's organizing committee, said the sailing of the boats "is part of our efforts to peacefully resist and break the siege on Gaza."
"It is also a continuation of the demonstrations for the right of return of Palestinians," he added.
In the same respect, another organizer Salah Abdul-Ati told reporters on Sunday that the "trip will carry the hopes and dreams of the Palestinian people for freedom".
Abul-Ati appealed to the international community to pressure the Zionist regime into lifting the blockade and on international NGOs to provide protection for the flotilla.
Among those on board will be people wounded by "Israeli" occupation forces during the recent protests, others suffering from long-term conditions, including cancer patients, as well as students with university places.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team