Swedish flotilla headed to Gaza

A new “flotilla” ship is making its way toward the Gaza Strip as pro-Palestinian European activists continue to protest Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian enclave.

A handful of activists on the sailing ship Estelle plan to embark for Gaza from Italy by the end of the week. The Estelle is sailing under a Swedish flag.

The activists originally set sail from Sweden in June, docking in various European harbors along the way, hoping to raise awareness and gain participants.

The ship is believed to be carrying equipment meant for the “Gaza Ark” project, a Canadian initiative to build a ship in Gaza that would carry Palestinian exports outside the strip’s waters.

Among the activists — who for the most part are Swedish — is Israeli expatriate Dror Feiler, who also took part in the 2010 Marmara flotilla.

Israeli authorities have been monitoring the group since it left Sweden. — ynetnews.com