Israel to halt Gaza flotilla

A woman and her children collect firewood and paper for lighting a fire to bake bread in Ezbet Abd Rabbo.

Israel says it will assert it's right to stop a flotilla bound for Gaza that organizers say is bringing humanitarian aid to the blockaded territory.

A group of pro-Palestinian activists have said they plan to sail to Gaza from Greece.

Last year Israeli commandos halted a flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine people

The new Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, says the flotilla is not humanitarian in nature and has nothing to do with the welfare of the Palestinian people.

“We have seen in the past with the last ship, Victoria, which was full of ammunition and shore to sea missiles and other stuff, what those missiles can do…you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that those rockets at the end of the day fall on our head and we have the right to defend ourselves. So let me be completely clear on this that this flotilla – we're saying it ahead of time – can bring just trouble, and has nothing constructive”

In response, the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said the attempt to bring aid was a symptom of a wider problem.

"If this blockade of Gaza was lifted there might not be the need for many of the things which are happening and might happen.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned the flotilla not to proceed.

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