Palestinian students leave Gaza on activist ship

'Free Gaza' says 11 Palestinian students enrolled at European, Canadian universities left Gaza Strip.

free gaza boat four 248 88 ap (photo credit: AP [file])
free gaza boat four 248 88 ap
(photo credit: AP [file])
International activists said they have helped 11 Gaza university students leave blockaded territory by boat. Ramzi Kysia of the 'Free Gaza' movement said Saturday that the students sailed on the vessel Dignity and reached Cyprus on Friday. He says the students are enrolled at universities in Europe and Canada. Some university students have been allowed to cross through Israeli and Egyptian crossings. Activists say round 700 students accepted at foreign universities are still stuck in Gaza. The activists said they shipped out five Gaza students in a previous trip. The ship, the group's fourth, arrived in Gaza from Cyprus on Tuesday last week, carrying medical supplies and trying to break an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory. Kysia said the group's intention was not solely to supply Gaza. "Gaza doesn't need charity, it needs an end to the siege," Kysia said. "We are taking political action to break the siege and to encourage other countries to take similar action."