Activists' aid boat sets off on Gaza journey

January 14, 2009 14:17


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International activists left Cyprus for Gaza on Wednesday in a renewed bid to deliver about five tons of donated food and medical supplies to the Palestinian territory despite an Israeli naval blockade. Free Gaza group organizers replaced a faulty generator on their 66-foot (20-meter) Greek-flagged vessel and set sail from Larnaca port with 21 passengers. The group aborted the trip to Gaza on Monday after rough weather and engine trouble 40 nautical miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Larnaca forced their return. The group made an earlier attempt to run the blockade after Israel launched its operation in the Gaza Strip late last month in response to rocket fire on Israeli cities.

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