Gaza-bound ship abandons journey due to Israeli warnings

January 15th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Lacarna (Cyprus), Jan 15 (DPA) Peace activists abandoned an attempt reach Gaza with a ship loaded with aid for Gaza’s Palestinians early Tuesday and returned to Cyprus, a spokesman of Free Gaza, a US NGO, told Greek radio Thursday.Their ship, Arion, was urged by Israeli warships about 80 nautical miles off Gaza via loudspeaker and radio several times to leave the region, as the sea’s off Gaza were off limits, the activists said.

The 21 Free Gaza activists, among them several doctors, abandoned their journey and are expected back at the Cypriot port Lacarna Thursday afternoon.

Israel’s navy rammed another of the group’s ships Dec 30, preventing it from transporting medical aid to the Gaza Strip. Israel denied that it had rammed the ship on purpose.

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