Cyprus bans all sailings to Gaza ahead of flotilla plan

By REUTERS
June 23, 2011 19:30

 
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NICOSIA - Cyprus said on Thursday it had banned all sailings to Gaza, serving notice to any pro-Palestinian activists who might use the Mediterranean island as a springboard to challenge Israel's blockade of the territory.

Activists are planning to send an aid flotilla to Gaza from ports around Europe this month, defying warnings from Israel which has tight sea and land border controls around the enclave.

Israel has said it will prevent any new aid flotilla approaching Gaza, warning that any challenge could have "dangerous consequences."

Organizers say a new flotilla of 10 ships would sail for Gaza from ports around Europe on June 25.


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