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Scandinavian activist groups are launching an aid ship destined for Gaza on Tuesday, hoping to break the Israeli blockade and draw international attention to the siege in a move reminiscent of the 2010 "Freedom Flotilla", organisers said.
"We have the same goal as the previous flotillas, to put an end to the blockade of Gaza by challenging the Israeli navy," said Torstein Dahle, the leader of the Norwegian section of the activist group "Ship to Gaza".
"This time around it will be an easy task for the Israelis to stop us because we will be so few and strictly non-violent," Dahle told Reuters at Oslo harbour.
In May 2010, several aid ships trying to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip were attacked by Israeli naval commandos, who killed nine Turkish activists aboard one of the vessels.
A second convoy, planned a year later, did not sail after the organizers said they had been sabotaged.
The SV Estelle, a 53-metre vessel backed mainly by Swedish and Norwegian groups, will sail from Oslo on Tuesday, and organizers hope several other ships will join it during its journey before it reaches waters off Gaza in October.
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A source from Mostafa's office told AA that the deputy PM, who also serves as economy minister, presented his resignation during a Palestinian cabinet meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday
The official asserted that Abbas had not intended to call for Arab military intervention in the Gaza Strip, which since 2007 has been governed by resistance movement Hamas
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