- One day after Israel threatened to attack a new Gaza-bound
aid ship with only women activists on board, the Lebanese resistance movement
of Hezbollah highlights Israel's fear, saying its military ability is "deteriorating."
- "Israeli threats against women activists and journalists
who are organizing new flotillas serve as proof of the immense fear the
Zionists are living in," Israeli dailyYnet news reported Hezbollah's
Executive Council Chief Hashem Safieddine as saying on Saturday.
- The comment comes after earlier on Friday, Israeli Ambassador
to the UN Gabriela Shalev called for a halt to the Gaza-bound aid ship
scheduled to set sail from Lebanon, warning that Tel Aviv would use "all
necessary means" to stop the vessel.
- Israel "is terrified by a boat carrying women who
want to deliver aid to Gaza. How will this Israel be able to face the rockets
and the resistance bloc in the next confrontation?" the Hezbollah
- "This is the Zionist entity in its current state
and its deteriorating ability," he went on to say.
- A group of 50 female Lebanese and foreign activists have
announced a plan to send an aid ship loaded with medical supplies to Gaza,
which has been under siege since 2007.
- The organizers are yet to announce a departure date for
the ship, named "Mariam" in honor of the Virgin Mary.
- The pro-Palestinian campaigners planned the mission after
Israeli commandos on May 31 stormed the Gaza Freedom Flotilla aid convoy,
killing at least 9 civilian activists and injuring dozens of others. Several
activists are still unaccounted for.
- Israel claims that the new all-women Gaza-bound aid flotilla
is linked to the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah. However, Hezbollah
has denied having ties with the new convoy, saying it would not join the
humanitarian mission as it did not want to give Israel an excuse to attack
the Gaza campaigners.
- "Hezbollah confirms that it decided from the very
beginning to stay away from this humanitarian act in terms of organization,
logistic support and participation so as not to give the Israeli enemy
any pretext to attack the participants," the group said in a statement.
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