Irish groups start campaign to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla

Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists in a raid into the Mavi Marmara ship in international waters, in the previous flotilla, which also included Irish activists.

Irish groups start campaign to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla

Irish groups launched a fundraising drive on Monday to buy a ship for a second effort to break Israel's siege of Gaza.

The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign aims to send between 30 and 50 Irish people, including public figures, journalists and activists, to join a flotilla taking aid to people in the Gaza Strip.

"Preparations are well under way internationally for the Second Freedom Flotilla, which is being assembled by the same groups that organised the Freedom Flotilla in late May," organisers said in a statement.

Between 10 and 15 ships are expected to take part, cargo ships as well as passenger vessels.

Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists in a raid into the Mavi Marmara ship in international waters, in the previous flotilla, which also included Irish activists.

In response to outcry, including from its biggest ally the United States, Israel has since eased a land blockade of Gaza where 1.5 million Palestinians live.

Turkey, once Israel's strategic ally, called the bloodshed Israeli "state terrorism", withdrew its ambassador from Israel and cancelled joint military exercises.


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