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Gaza aid flotilla to set sail for Israel Israelis promise to stop eight ships carrying 10, zebeta online review000 tonnes of aid, zebeta online review 800 activists and politicians from more than 40 countrie Gaza flotilla Mavi Marmara

The Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara is one of the eight boats expected to set sail for Gaza in the next few days. Zebeta online review Photograph: Reuters

A flotilla of eight boats carrying thousands of tonnes of construction materials, zebeta online review medical equipment and other aid is preparing to sail to Gaza in the next few days, zebeta online review setting the scene for a confrontation with Israel which has vowed to prevent the ships breaking the blockade on the Palestinian territory. Three cargo ships and five passenger vessels plan to meet up in international waters between Cyprus and Gaza Strip before heading towards Gaza City. Zebeta online review The Israeli military is expected to stop the flotilla and divert it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. One of the organisers of the flotilla, zebeta online review which includes three vessels from Turkey, zebeta online review is IHH, zebeta online review a humanitarian aid group supported by Ankara. Zebeta online review Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated since the Israelis launched a three-week war on Gaza in 2008-09. Zebeta online review An attempt to block the flotilla is likely to increase tensions between the two countries. Zebeta online review The Turkish prime minister, zebeta online review Racep Tayyip Erdogan, zebeta online review has called on Israel to avoid this be allowing the boats through. "This could make relations between Israel and Turkey more complicated, zebeta online review" said Yigal Palmor, zebeta online review an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman. On board the ships are 10, zebeta online review000 tonnes of cargo and about 700-800 activists and politicians from more than 40 countries. Zebeta online review The cargo includes building materials, zebeta online review medical supplies and paper for schools. Zebeta online review One boat is carrying a complete dental surgery including drills. Zebeta online review Crayons and chocolate are also on board for Gazan children. Zebeta online review The cargo has been paid for by donations. "We're trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip and tell the world that Israel has no right to starve 1.5 million Palestinians, zebeta online review" said Greta Berlin, zebeta online review of the Free Gaza Movement, zebeta online review another organiser of the flotilla. Zebeta online review "We are bringing in vitally needed supplies so the people of Gaza can rebuild their infrastructure." Israel has imposed an economic blockade on Gaza since the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas seized control almost three years ago. Zebeta online review Nearly all exports and imports are banned and only a limited supply of food and medical aid is allowed in. More of the article can be found at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/25/gaza-flotilla-aid-attempt/print