Another flotilla is to set sail from the Gaza Strip to Cyprus in a protest against the Israeli siege of the region, which has been in place for more than a decade.
“The flotilla will set out at 11 a.m. tomorrow carrying sick and injured Palestinians who have been unable to travel abroad [for medical treatment] as a result of the blockade,” Bassam Manasra, a spokesman for Gaza’s National Committee for Breaking the Siege, said during a press conference in Gaza City on July 9.
“We announced plans to launch another flotilla… more than a month ago and won’t back down from the decision until we meet our objectives.”
It should be noted that Israel maintains a maritime security cordon around Gaza within nine nautical miles of the coast. Outside of the area, the Israeli Navy intercepts any Palestinian vessels.