Gaza Flotilla Fading into Obscurity


While more and more ships of the Gaza Fleet are developing technical problems, politicians all over the world redouble their efforts to discourage the participants from sailing at all.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Turkish secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference was quoted in the Turkish media today, saying that “a return of last year’s events may lead to problems that will be impossible to solve. There is no need for that.”

The French Foreign Ministry strongly denounced the flotilla. Flotilla II vessels that dropped anchor at ports in Greece face delays due to the ongoing protests in the country and because of legal and technical difficulties. The Irish ship’s engines were damaged during the night which aroused allegations about Israeli sabotage. The ‘MV Saoirse’ had been docked in Turkish waters overnight .

Flotilla spokesman Dror Feiler said there was no direct evidence that Israel was involved. Jerusalem Post reports that although once Gaza Flotilla II organizers said they expected 1,500 participants, now the numbers dropped to around 350, expected to be aboard about 10 vessels or less.

(Sources: Jerusalem Post, Hürriyet; 30 June 2011)

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