Israel stops aid ship to Gaza | News | Al Jazeera

Israel stops aid ship to Gaza

Vessel carrying aid to Gaza intercepted by Israeli navy.

    Israel maintains a blockade of the
    Gaza Strip [AFP]

    The boat had set off from Cyprus on Monday, carrying humanitarian supplies for Gaza, which remains under an Israeli blockade.

    Humanitarian crisis

    Speaking to Al Jazeera, Caoimhe Butterly, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza movement, said: "This is the third humanitarian relief boat and solidarity mission that has been aggressively stopped by the Israeli army.

    "The humanitarian situation is at crisis point. There has been a systematic and deliberate destruction of the humanitarian infrastructure of Gaza.

    "We were taking medical supplies and medical equipment and limited amounts of building material ... although $4 bn has been pledged to the Gaza Strip for reconstruction ... no cement or building supplies are allowed in as a result of the siege.

    "We need to up the ante and to mount more actions and convoys of this nature," she said.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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