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The departure of the Freedom Fleet to Gaza is delayed again

  • The organization announced on Monday, April 24, Wednesday, the departure of the fleet, but at least they have delayed the departure until Friday.
Askatasunaren Ontzidiko hiru itsasontzietako bat. Argazkia: Edu Leon, El Salto.

24 April 2024 - 10:32

On Monday's note, they denounced that "several countries" – Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel by other means – were "pushing" for Turkey not to authorise the exit of the fleet. In addition, journalist Pablo Elorduy mentions in El Salto the "port formalities" as possible causes of the delay. Ibai Azparren reported in Naiz that on Tuesday night the organization denounced that the port management is putting "administrative obstacles" and that the possibility of leaving another port is on the table, adding that some "positive" progress steps have been taken.

At the moment, the idea of leaving the port of Istanbul continues. Elorduy explains that merchant Anadolu, which will transport 5,500 tonnes of humanitarian aid materials, is in the port of Iskenduru in southern Turkey, but plans to arrive in Istanbul by Wednesday. The other two Freedom Fleet boats, Akdeniz and Underence, which will be dragged by activists, politicians or journalists, are in the port of Istanbul.

Risk of frustration

"We're all frustrated, we're willing, but we know we're challenging governments," Elorduy received Tuesday's statements from an organization representative. "We want to sail as soon as possible. The intention was to leave this week, but it can also be delayed further, which may endanger the group itself. It can harm the collective courage to avoid the exit," said Basque fleet activists in the last chronicle they sent from Istanbul to ARGIA. More meetings are taking place on Wednesday stating that they expect more detailed information on the departure.

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