RAMALLAH, June 24 (JMCC) - The Lebanese organizers of an aid ship
headed to the Gaza Strip
are using misinformation as one of their tools as they try to reach their destination. When the vessels will leave and how many there are is some of the information being closely guarded by organizers and Lebanese officials, reports The National
The organizers of the endeavor said they had been authorized to depart Lebanon immediately, but they were unwilling to announce the exact time of the departure, apparently in the hope of confusing the Israeli military about their intentions.Read
“We have been granted permission to go to Cyprus, and we are now in the process of making final preparations,” Yasser Kashlak, a Syrian of Palestinian origin who heads the group organizing the trip, The Free Palestine Movement, said.
The exact time of the ship’s departure was not the only secret yesterday. Organizers of a group of women activists led by the wife of a former Lebanese general once held in an Israeli jail, Ali al Hajj, said they would be leaving Lebanon in a ship named the Mariam. This group claims it will have more than 50 women aboard, but it was not immediately clear that the ship even exists.
Lebanon’s transportation minister, Ghazi Aridi, emphatically denied the existence of a second ship and insisted that no permission had been requested or given for a second ship to join the Julia on the voyage. “There is a campaign called ‘Mariam’, and the organizers of the campaign to lift the Gaza blockade did not say there was a vessel carrying that name,” a local newspaper quoted Mr Aridi as saying. “I do not know anything about a second aid ship”, he added. Earlier, he was quoted as saying that the Julia and the Mariam were the same vessel.
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