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For the second time this year, pro-Palestinian activists plan to break Israel's sea blockade of Gaza by setting sail from Cyprus on Tuesday.
Among the 26 passengers on board the vessel will be five physicians, 1976 Noble Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) and Palestinian Legislative Council member Mustafa Barghouti. Among other items, they will be carrying six cubic meters of medicine.
The trip has been organized by the Palestinian, Israeli and international volunteers who make up the Free Gaza Movement.
The organization made a similar run in August, when the IDF allowed the boat to reach shore, in spite of Israeli restrictions that bar travel to Gaza by sea.
"This second trip is just one of many we intend to organize over the next year," said American volunteer Greta Berlin. "We have lawyers, members of Parliament and other professionals already on our passenger lists for upcoming voyages."