Brussels - May 26 – 2010
The European cargo will reach the port of "Rhodes" in Greece, on Wednesday evening (26 / 5), preceded by three passenger ships, including "The boat 8000", in preparation to join the fleet of "Freedom" going to the Gaza Strip in order to break the unjust siege imposed for...
the fourth consecutive year.
The Greek-Swedish ship will be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza estimated of more than 2.5 million dollars, funded by the European campaign, including prefabricated buildings, medicines, water desalination plants and building materials.
Rami Abdo, member of the "European campaign to End the Siege on Gaza”, one of the directions that founded the fleet of freedom’s coalition , said that massive preparations are being done to begin mass departing from off the coast of Cyprus to the Gaza Strip, where the arrival of the fleet is expected to be early next week, carrying more than ten thousand tons of aid and taking into account any developments in the light of the Israeli threats to prevent the fleet from reaching Gaza.
Abdo Explained in a statement today, that the launch is accompanied by extensive media coverage, especially since there are more than thirty-six journalists working in twenty-one news agency and global media directions will be on board of a ship of the European campaign to broadcast the fleet’s firsthand news about its launching, movement and sailing live on various channels around the world, meanwhile the ship will carry Space transmitters devices, for the first time.
The fleet of “Freedom” consists of nine ships which are: A cargo ship funded by Kuwait raising the flag of Turkey and Kuwait, A cargo ship funded by Algeria, and a cargo ship funded by Europe from Sweden and Greece, and 6 vessels to transport passengers; one of the boats is named "boat 8000" taking after the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
The fleet settled with carrying 750 participants from more than 60 countries, although it had received dozens of requests for participation. Meanwhile 44 governmental, parliamentary, political, European, and Arab officials will be among the participants in the fleet, including ten Algerian MEPs.
The ships of fleet also carry more than 10 thousand tons of medical supplies, building materials, timber, 100 prefab houses to shelter tens of thousands of people who lost their homes during the Israeli war on Gaza in early 2009, it also carries 500 electric vehicles for the handicapped, especially since the recent war that left nearly 600 disabled people in Gaza.
For more info:
The European Campaign to end the siege on Gaza