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New aid flotilla nears Hamas-ruled Gaza

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New aid flotilla nears Hamas-ruled Gaza

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An Irish-Canadian flotilla bound for Hamas-ruled Gaza in a bid to break the Israeli blockade and deliver aid is reportedly close to its destination.

The vessels left Turkey earlier this week but given the sensitive nature of the operation, the organisers were silent about their departure.

According to the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) the vessels are carrying aid and medical supplies and are expected to reach their destination during Friday. It is believed the Israeli navy has already made contact with the flotilla.

Last year, nine Turkish activists were killed in an Israeli raid on a similar convoy, an incident that has severely damaged ties between Turkey and Israel.