The National Higher Committee for the Great Return March (NHCGRM) announced yesterday that a flotilla of ships is going to depart the Gaza Strip for breaking the siege imposed by the Israeli occupation forces for more than eleven years, which led to a dire and unlivable situation in the coastal enclave.
In a press conference held at the out-of-action Gaza seaport, Dr. Salah Abdulati, member of the NHCGRM, said, “The ]Israeli[ siege over the Gaza Strip is an abhorrent and crystal-clear violation to the humanitarian international law, and is up to a crime against humanity; it constitutes collective punishment prohibited under all international treaties.”
“So, we have decided in the National Committee to announce the inauguration of the first voyage setting sail from Gaza and moving around the world”, he added.
The organizers did not mention details about their initiative or whereabouts the journey will stop, but indicated that they will kick off within few days.
They also set up a registration point at the Gaza seaport to prepare lists of patients and wounded persons before heading outside Gaza as an attempt to break the naval blockade.
Earlier in this month, three vessels with Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) set sail from Copenhagen on their way to the beleaguered Gaza Strip in an effort to break the Israeli blockade as well.
As they will stop at several seaports in Europe to pick up demonstrators in support of the Great Return March, the ships are expected to arrive at the Gaza shores within two months loaded with humanitarian aids and medical supplies.
Israeli occupation forces have violently seized control over humanitarian aid vessels, preventing them from going into or out the besieged Gaza Strip. But the most horrific interception was in 2010 when the occupation forces killed nine Turkish activists onboard the ship of Marmarah and commandeered the vessel by force.