Fleet of Freedom 2 to Set Sail in July

Human rights activists in Europe are planning to send a new aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip in another attempt to break the siege of the impoverished territory.

The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza says it has six ships ready to be dispatched to Gaza.

The decision comes as the European Parliament is locked in negotiations on how it should respond to the deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla and Israeli officials are saying they are still undecided on how to deal with the vessels when they approach the Gaza Strip.

"We have six boats which are ready to leave Europe; we are hoping to head off next month, in the last half of July," Mazen Kahel, spokesman for The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, told reporters on Wednesday at the European Parliament.

"On the day when the European Parliament debates how Europe must respond to the Israeli attack, it is vital that we listen to the voices of those on board the flotilla, as well as insisting that there is no alternative but to end the blockade," AFP quoted British MEP Richard Howitt as saying.

Pro-Palestinian groups, such as the Free Gaza movement, the International Committee to Lift the Siege on Gaza, and Turkish, Greek, and Swedish NGOs, are expected to support the second convoy of ships, called the Fleet of Freedom 2.

The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Israel also arrested and later released nearly 700 activists from 42 countries who were on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break the siege of Gaza in order to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the long-suffering people of the territory.

(Press TV)

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