Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lebanese all-women ship aims for Gaza

"We have no arms and we will go to Gaza."

"The ship Mariam will leave for Cyprus on Sunday at 10pm (1900 GMT, 0500 AEST Monday) from the port of Tripoli" in north Lebanon, organiser Samar al-Hajj told reporters outside the port.

The Mariam, a Bolivian-flagged cargo ship originally named the Junia Star, plans to carry aid to Gaza in an bid to break the four-year siege of Gaza with 50 Lebanese and foreign women activists on board, including a local pop star.

The Naji al-Ali, another Lebanese boat organised by journalists and originally named Julia, has also announced it would sail to Gaza via Cyprus, but has not yet received clearance from Lebanese authorities.

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