Gaza Strip Prepares to Receive Aid Ship Convoy

    A crew waves from the bow of MV Rachel Corrie, one of the ships that will sail to Gaza. The ship was named in memory of the 23-year-old solidarity activist killed in Gaza in 2003. Photo by: Free Gaza Movement

    The Hamas government has completed the second round of repairs on Gaza’s destroyed harbor in preparation for a large international ship convoy that is expected to reach the enclave’s shores on May 27. The convoy, which was organized by different international non-governmental organizations, is defying Israel’s blockade to deliver humanitarian and construction supplies to Gaza.

    Several ministries in Gaza, including the Ministry of Work, have been working in the past eight months to renovate the damaged port to be able to receive the nine-ship convoy, Emad Hamada said, according to Xinhua News. Hamada is the Hamas official overseeing the renovation.

    The convoy was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, Turkish Humanitarian Relief, the European Campaign and several U.S., Greek, Irish and Malaysian organizations. Aside from aid, the ships carry some 600 human rights activists, trade union representatives, foreign reporters and government officials from several countries.

    Israel announced earlier that it will not allow the convoy to reach the Gaza Strip’s territorial waters.

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