[Imc-East.-Mediterr.] URGENT: FREE GAZA STATEMENT ON THE SEAS
angela at icahd.org
Sat Aug 23 03:25:31 PDT 2008
***please forward freely***
10am, 23 August, 2008
A Statement from the International Human Rights Workers Aboard the SS Free
Gaza and SS Liberty, Sailing to Gaza
*At 10am this morning, the Cyprus team of the Free Gaza Movement was able to
briefly speak with our people on board the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty. They
are all fine, and they asked us to release the following statement:
"The electronic systems which guarantee our safety aboard the SS Free Gaza
and SS Liberty have been jammed and scrambled. Both ships are flying Greek
flags, and are in international waters. We are the victims of electronic
piracy. We are currently in GMS P area A2 and we are relying on our
satellite communications equipment to make a distress call, if needed.
We are civilians from 17 nations and are on this project to break the siege
of Gaza. We are not experienced sailors. As a result, there is concern about
the health and safety of the people on board such an emergency develop.
We are currently experiencing rough sea conditions, and we call on the Greek
government and the international community to meet their responsibilities
and protect the civilians on board our two ships in international waters."
Free Gaza Movement
www.flickr.com/photos/29205195 at N02/
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