Greece: Activists pledge new boat mission to Gaza

An activist group says it will send a boat with doctors and medical aid to Gaza this weekend, despite the Israeli blockade. The Free Gaza movement said Wednesday that the Greek-flagged Arion will leave the Cypriot port of Larnaca Saturday with 30 passengers and more than three tons of aid. Last week, Israeli forces prevented a similar mission from reaching Gaza during the 12th day of the operation in Gaza. Free Gaza says the Israeli navy rammed and heavily damaged the SS Dignity, while Israel maintains the boat tried to outmaneuver a navy vessel and crashed into it. Free Gaza has made five boat deliveries of aid to Gaza since August, defying the blockade Israel imposed when Hamas won control of the territory in 2007. staff contributed to this report.