Free Gaza boat will try to reach Strip

International activists says they will try to bring medical supplies to Gaza despite warlike situation.

Free Gaza boat 224 (photo credit: AP)
Free Gaza boat 224
(photo credit: AP)
A group of international activists said it would defy an Israeli blockade and send a boat with medical supplies to Gaza from Cyprus. Free Gaza Group spokeswoman Caoimhe Butterly said their 20-meter yacht Dignity would leave Larnaca port around 5 p.m. (1400GMT) Monday with 3.5 tons of donated supplies. She said the yacht would carry 16 passengers, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney, Cypriot lawmaker and doctor Eleni Theocharous and activists from Britain, Australia, Ireland and Tunisia. Butterly said the urgent need to deliver aid requested by Gaza authorities "outweighs the risks" of entering a war zone. Free Gaza has successfully made five deliveries of aid by boat from Larnaca to Gaza over the past four months.