A two-boat flotilla carrying 27 activists from five countries including the US set sail from Turkey on Wednesday "with the aim of ending the siege and isolation of Gaza," flotilla organizers said in a statement.
The "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla, consisting of the Canadian Tahrir
, and the Irish Saoirse
, was currently in international waters after embarking from Fethiye, Turkey. Organizers expected the vessels to arrive in Gaza on Friday afternoon, "sailing from international waters straight into Gaza’s territorial waters without entering Israel’s waters."Activists said that the boats were carrying "symbolic cargo," consisting of $30,000 in medicines as well as activists "committed to nonviolent defense of the flotilla and Palestinian human rights."