World Bulelletin / News Desk
"SV Estelle", an aid ship backed mainly by Swedish, Norwegian and Finn groups, is continuing its journey to Palestine to break Gaza blockade.
Scandinavian activist groups had launched "Ship to Gaza" a week ago, hoping to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza since 2007.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) correspondent on Thursday, co-ordinator of Ship to Gaza campaign, Mikael Lofgren, said that they wanted to break the blockade in a method that contains no violence.
"If the Israeli army shoot at us, we will not shoot back because we have no arms. We will try our best, but with non violent methods," said Lofgren.
Lofgren stated that there was only one sailing vessel at the moment, but during its journey other ships might accompany them.
"Other ships might join us...Maybe, we'll see. We are happy with the one we have got. Power is not always about size or military strength," Lofgren said.
Expressing that they were not able to take lots of aid material with them because of the ship's size, "SV Estelle is not a cargo ship, so its capability in this respect is limited. We bring, among other things, medicines, medical equipment, musical instruments, and foot balls," he said.
Lofgren said that the vessel would arrive at Gaza in the first week of October.
He said that during one-week journey, they received tremendous support from the people of Nordic countries, adding that everyone in Nordic and European countries are against the siege.
Despite having an egregious example of 2010 "Mavi Marmara" incident in front of them, Lofgren said that they were fearless.
"Unarmed men can never be ready to meet deadly violence from their opponents. It is not us that should have learned a lesson, but the Israeli government. Let us hope they have," said Lofgren.
Nine activists aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship were killed by Israeli troops in a raid they conducted on May 31, 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Mavi Marmara was part of the "Freedom Flotilla" which included a total of six ships. Many other activists were wounded in the raid.
A second convoy, planned in 2011, had not set sail after the organizers said they had been sabotaged.
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