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      Archive: 12/2/2013
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        12/2/2013, Kislev 29, 5774

      Gaza Youths Launch anti-Blockade Flotilla


      Voice of America reports hundreds of Palestinian youth activists sailed from the shores of the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest Israel's restrictions on fishing in the seas off the Islamist-ruled enclave.
       
      Palestinian fishermen say they cannot meet demand in Gaza due to Israel's naval blockade on the territory and limit of six nautical miles (11 km) in which they can take out their boats off shore, adds VOA.
       
      Israel eased the blockade somewhat in 2010 after an Israeli commando raid on a ship in an activist flotilla bent on reaching Gaza left nine Turks dead and raised an international uproar, notes VOA, but Palestinians say the gestures were not enough.