Lebanon Flotilla 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
A flotilla of ships titled the "Viva Palestina" convoy, hailed by organizers as the largest convoy to break the Gaza embargo, is set to depart this weekend, organizers announced Thursday.
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The flotilla has been cleared to sail from Syria to the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, from where it will make its way into Gaza.
The Egyptian government announced that it will allow the aid convoy to dock at Al-Arish seaport while en route to Gaza.
Hussam Zaki of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the convoy
will be allowed access to Gaza however he insisted George Galloway, the
British ex-parliamentarian leading the convoy, will not be allowed in
the country and will remain as persona non grata.
The main ship, carrying 380 activists from 42 countries, 147 vehicles
and $5 million in medical aid departed from London September 18 and has
been held at the Syrian port of Latakia for the past 10 days.
Some of the passengers on board the flotilla include 40 people that were
also onboard the Mavi Mamara aid ship
which was involved in an IDF interception on May 31.