Ships from Britain, Morocco, Qatar to rendezvous in Syria, sail toward el-Arish Port in northern Sinai Peninsula; activists plan to enter Gaza through Rafah Crossing, deliver humanitarian aid
| Four months after being injured on board the Mavi Marmara ship, one of the participants of late May’s Gaza-bound flotilla on Saturday joined what organizers are calling “the largest flotilla yet.”
Kevin Ovenden set sail from Britain Saturday morning along with 30 other activists on a voyage they dubbed “Viva Palestina.” Their goal is to reach the Gaza Strip through Rafah Crossing – after docking in Egypt’s el-Arish Port at the northern Sinai Peninsula.
At the same time, activists from Qatar and Morocco are making last arrangements before heading for Syria and joining the locals en route to the Gaza Strip.
“Our mission last time was to take aid in and to highlight the siege,” Ovenden told CNN. “That’s our mission this time.”
Ovenden also denied claims that activists aboard the Mavi Marmara carried weapons that were used against the soldiers during the raid.
“I witnessed the man one meter in front of me being shot in the leg, a man 50 centimeters to the right of me being shot through the abdomen,” Ovenden said of the experience.
“Neither of them had anything in their hands. There were no Israeli commandos within the immediate proximity. They were shot from above, so it was simply unfeasible — in that incident I saw – for anyone to claim they were in fearing for their lives when they rang out those shots,” he added.