RAMALLAH, May 30 (JMCC) - A fleet of ships headed to Gaza
carrying 10 tons of aid was delayed Saturday when two boats faced technical malfunctions. The Freedom Flotilla, as it has been dubbed, was delayed leaving the ports of Cyprus and is now expected to arrive in Gaza's waters on Monday.
Meanwhile, two of the movement's small passenger boats developed mechanical trouble at around 3.30pm on Friday as they neared the Cyprus coast from Crete. Last week, another vessel was delayed leaving Ireland by a propeller fault.
While saying Free Gaza was still awaiting details of Friday's malfunction from the boats' captains, Ms Berlin said the coincidence of faults developing in all three boats had given rise to speculation of possible sabotage. Claiming that one Israeli official had indicated that the best tactic would be to pick off the boats one by one before they joined the flotilla, she added: As far as I am concerned, there is a suspicion that this is what was done.
Israel has accused the participants of betraying their claim to be human rights activists by ignoring Hamas's attacks on Israeli civilians and internal repression within Gaza. Critics of the blockade argue that it has harmed and impoverished the 1.5 million population of Gaza while leaving the rule of Hamas intact, and even entrenched.
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