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Captain due in court as flotilla refused permission to sail to Gaza

Captain due in court as flotilla refused permission to sail to Gaza
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The captain of the American ship, ‘Audacity of Hope’ will appear in court in Athens on Monday. He was at the helm as his vessel tried to defy the Greek government’s ban on a flotilla sailing for Gaza.

Only four of the original ten boats which had hoped to break the Gaza sea blockade are still aiming to set sail.

A statement on Saturday from the Greek Government confirmed the ban on ships bound for Gaza was in effect, “until further notice.”

There has been angry reaction to the move. The flotilla had been set to deliver aid to Gaza.

“We were shocked due to the Greece decision, we are calling Greece government in order to permit and to let the Flotilla 2 leave its ports towards Gaza, also to pressure the Israeli government,” said Amjad Shawa, Coordinator of NGOs in Gaza Strip.

An investigation into alleged sabotage of an Irish boat hoping to take part in the flotilla has said it was not damaged deliberately.

Organisers claimed the vessel was in Turkish territorial waters when it was tampered with. Police said the damage occurred before it docked in Turkey.

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