Hamas criticizes world’s ‘silence’ at capture of Gaza aid boat


Hamas criticizes world’s ‘silence’ at capture of Gaza aid boat
Date: 01 / 07 / 2009  Time:  12:59

Gaza – Ma’an – Hamas officials criticized what it called international indifference to Israel’s capture of a civilian ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, officials said Wednesday.

Israeli’s navy intercepted, then took control of the Spirit of Humanity ship Tuesday afternoon, towing it to the Israeli port of Ashdod and arresting the crew. The voyage was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, which has already staged three successful journeys in defiance of an Israeli blockade.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said, “The abduction of a ship carrying solidarity activists from 22 [sic] countries indicates that Israel is going too far with its criminal acts, and widening its range of aggression.”

Barhoum asserted that the Gaza Strip badly needed the efforts of all international activists and human rights groups to help women, children, the elderly as well as victims of the recent Israeli military offensive.

The Free Gaza Movement scaled the voyage down to one out of two ships intended to make the voyage. There were activists from eleven nations on board.


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