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Thread #129840 Message #2935889
Posted By: Emma B
28-Jun-10 - 06:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: New Israeli atrocity: attack on Gaza aid
Subject: RE: BS: New Israeli atrocity: attack on Gaza aid
Is there any news of 'Miriam' the all-female Lebanese ship which plansed to set sail for Gaza on a humanitarian mission carrying about 30 Lebanese and 20 foreigners, including several European nationals Muslim, Christian and secular?
It was reported that the ship will carry four nuns from the U.S., cancer medication and other humanitarian aid.
Israel's UN ambassador has repeated that -
"Israel reserves its right under international law to use all necessary means to prevent these ships from violating the existing naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip'
Israel Radio reported that Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Lebanese government that it would be held responsible for ships sailing from Lebanon to the Gaza Strip - so watch out Dublin! (the port of origin of the MV Rachel Corrie)
The Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said that it would not take part in Gaza-bound aid missions so as not to give a pretext for Israel to attack Lebanon.
Although, in response to international outrage following the deadly commando raid on a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza, Israel has relaxed its strict land blockade of Gaza allowing more food and some restricted construction materials to enter the strip there is no relaxation of the ban stopping Gazans from leaving what is effectively an open-air prison.
The commissioner-general of the U.N. refugee agency, Filipo Grandi says the Gaza Strip crisis is more than just a humanitarian situation and that people in Gaza need to import and export goods in order to boost the economy and to give the citizenry there a "normal life."