After Israel’s bloody attack on a seaborne convoy which was heading to Gaza, a US-based body unveils plans to dispatch an aid-laden plane to the coastal sliver.
The Free Palestine Movement has envisioned sending a light aircraft to the Gaza Strip in the spring of the next year, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported on Sunday.
On May 31, Israeli commandos stormed Freedom Flotilla, a Turkish-backed relief mission, while it was on its way to the impoverished enclave, which has been deprived of food, fuel and other necessities due to more than three years of an all-out Tel Aviv-imposed siege. The assault in international waters killed nine Turkish human rights activists.
"We intend to send an aircraft to Gaza in much the same way boats were used — without going through Israeli or Egyptian airspace," said Paul Larudee of the movement which is headquartered in California and maintains working groups both inside and outside the United States.
"Breaking the blockade by air may be even more feasible than by sea. An aircraft cannot be boarded while in flight, and the right aircraft can land almost anywhere in Gaza," a statement on the group’s website says.
Israel enforced the blockade in mid-June 2007, when Hamas came to power, having won democratic elections a year earlier.
Claiming it was cracking down on the Palestinian resistance movement, Tel Aviv both disregarded Hamas’ legitimacy to rule Gaza and found an opportunity to impose more suffering on the strip’s 1.5-million Palestinians.
The attack on the Flotilla sent shockwaves across the world and gave rise to global calls for an international investigation into the incident.
Tel Aviv recently acceded to a UN probe after invariably rejecting such a possibility.