Exclusive: Gaza-Bound "Freedom Waves" Flotilla Sets Sail from an Eastern Mediterranean Port

November 02, 2011

At the end of our live broadcast today, Democracy Now! received breaking news from a source aboard "The Tahrir," a ship involved in the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla. Without any public notice, the ship left from an undisclosed port in the eastern Mediterranean Sea earlier today which the participants say is bound for the Gaza Strip. The "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla marks the latest attempt by international activists to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. Earlier this year, Greece blocked the departure of several ships from another flotilla heading to the region. In 2010, Israeli forces killed nine activists, including a U.S. citizen, on an aid boat called the "Mavi Marmara," which was part of the first such international flotilla. Additional information on the "Freedom Waves" flotilla will be posted on our website, www.democracynow.org, once received.