Iranian activists to ship aid to Gaza

June 19, 2010

MASHHAD – An Iranian ship carrying 3000 tons of humanitarian assistance will depart for Gaza this week, the director of the Iranian Red Crescent Volunteers Community announced on Friday.

“The ship will be carrying 3000 tons of food, clothing, and medical supplies, and 20 people will be on board. The ship will set sail for Gaza by the end of the week,” Mashallah Portolouei said in a press briefing in Mashhad.
“So far, 150,000 people have voluntarily registered to head to Gaza,” he added.
The volunteers are not connected to any political group. Like other activists around the world they are seeking to help Gazans.
Three weeks ago the Israeli forces attacked a Turkish flotilla of ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, killing 9 activists.
Following the assault which provoked widespread outrage, many countries have prepared tons of aid to send to Gaza.
In attempt to break Israel's four-year blockade of the Gaza Strip a group of dozens of Lebanese women activists also said earlier this week they would set sail for Gaza with an aid ship loaded with medical supplies. The women insisted, however, that they were not affiliated to any political organization, and said the ship would carry 30 Lebanese activists as well as 20 foreigners including several Europeans