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In video - Freedom Flotilla sails off towards the shores of Gaza

July 23, 2018 4:51 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2018 12:59 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Freedom Flotilla continues its journey as it departed from its last stop, from the Italian port of Palermo towards the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Sunday.

The Freedom Flotilla is a new flotilla made up of four ships, which intend on breaking Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The flotilla sailed off from its last stop from the Italian port of Palermo, about two months after it first set off from Copenhagen, Denmark, towards their final destination, the Gaza Strip.

The world followed the flotilla’s journey as it stopped in 15 European ports since sailing off on March 22nd. The four ships, making up the Freedom Flotilla, departed on Sunday for the final 10-day leg to Gaza. The flotilla includes 40 activists from around the world on board, who are aiming to end the blockade.

Before the flotilla’s departure from Palermo, they were welcomed by the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, who renamed a section of the Italian port in honor of the late Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat.

Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to the on-going siege of Gaza. From 2008 through 2016, international activists have sailed 31 ships to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

In 2010, one of the flotilla ships, which was carrying aid to Gaza, was attacked by Israeli forces in international waters. During the attack 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed and dozens of other peaceful activists were injured.

In a recent interview with Ma'an, a Freedom Flotilla activist told her story, stressing that Gaza needs to remembered and that “they need the world talking about them. We are just four boats but we want to restore the right of movement to the people of occupied Palestine.”

The video below shows one of the Freedom Flotilla ships preparing for departure to Gaza:
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