January 14, 2009
SPIRIT OF HUMANITY SETS SAIL FOR GAZA
Larnaca: At 10:30 this morning, under bright blue Mediterranean skies, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY sailed from the port of Larnaca.Undeterred by Israeli threats of interception at sea, 21 passengers and crew waved to friends and press on shore, committed to our mission of delivering doctors, journalists, human rights observers and a shipment of medical supplies to assist the civilian population of Gaza during this emergency.
“Israel has an obligation to protect the civilian population that it occupies” stated Free Gaza delegation leader Huwaida Arraf. “Since Israel continues to violate this obligation, we will continue to do whatever we can to deliver badly needed medical supplies, food, and to transport medical personnel, journalists and human rights workers to help and to witness the devastation Israel has wrought.”
The physicians on board include a reconstructive plastic surgeron and an orthopedic surgeron and another physician. All three doctors will bring crucial assistance to the exhausted and overwhelmed hospital staff in Gaza where emergency resources don’t begin to meet the need.