Gaza-Bound Flotilla Slated To Set Sail Tuesday

By Barak Ravid, Danna Harman (Haaretz) and Anshel Pfeffer

Published June 26, 2011.

Israel will not allow any ships to breach its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his inner cabinet yesterday, during a discussion of the Gaza-bound flotilla expected to set sail Tuesday.

Security officials and Foreign Ministry representatives informed the cabinet that Israel has no information indicating that terrorists or anyone affiliated with a terror group is planning to take part in the flotilla, said a government source. Nonetheless, there may be clashes between Israeli forces and some Arab activists aboard the ships.

Senior ministers will meet again today to continue discussing the flotilla.

“The critical mass of participants will include human rights activists from European Union countries, Canada and the United States,” said a senior security official.

Read more at haaretz.com



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