First vessel of Gaza flotilla sets out from Sweden

Protest of the Davis Cup tennis match on March 7, 2009 in Malmö, Sweden. Source. (Andreas Blixt/Flickr)

The first vessel of a pro-Palestinian flotilla aiming to break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip set sail from its home port in Sweden on Sunday morning.

The trawler Marianne of Gothenburg will be carrying a “limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment” for use in Gaza, according to a statement by the Ship to Gaza campaign.

The boat is part of the so-called Freedom Flotilla III, following other high profile attempts by activists to sail to Gaza.

The Marianne, with its five crew members, will be stopping at Helsingborg, Malmo, Copenhagen and other ports to be announced later on before continuing on to Gaza, Ship to Gaza officials said.

Along the way it will pick up eight other crew members, according to Israel Radio. Two other vessels are expected to join the flotilla later on…