One of two boats carrying an international group of female activists sailing to the Gaza Strip to end the Israeli blockade arrived on Monday to the French island of Corsica.
The Zaytouna-Oliva boat, part of the Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) mission, left Barcelona last Wednesday and reached Corsica’s capital, Ajaccio, early Monday morning, carrying women from nine countries, from five continents.
Meanwhile, its sister boat, Amal-Hope was forced to sail back to Barcelona due to mechanical problems.
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“Based on a professional assessment, she (Amal-Hope) will not be in a condition to follow Zaytouna-Oliva,” the organizers stated on their website, adding that they “are actively pursuing a new ship and are launching a campaign to defray this additional cost.”
Claude Léostic, a Freedom Flotilla Coalition spokesperson in France said: “We hope that the arrival of these women in Gaza in a few weeks’ time will let them know that they are not alone. That internationally, the peoples of the world share their hopes and stand in solidarity with the women of Gaza and all of Palestine.”
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The sailboat, carrying humanitarian aid, is expected to reach Gaza in early October. The Women’s Boat to Gaza (WBG) is an initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, composed of civil society organizations and campaigns from more than a dozen countries, including Turkey.
(Anadoulu, PC, MEMO)