The Palestinian Gaza strip has been under siege (a land, air and sea blockade) by Israel since 2007. Israel holds that the blockade is necessary to limit rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its cities and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons.
Anything that enters Gaza needs to come with Israel’s approval. Over the years only Israel has denied entry to not things ranging from razor blades, matches and building materials to jam, books, crayons and even clothing and spices.
Needless to say, life for the people of Gaza is restricted and difficult. The civilians often lack the most basic of necessities. A number of activists from several countries aboard a flotilla of boats are set to sail for Gaza in a fresh bid to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.
A similar event in 2010 has ended in tragedy. Will this one succeed in its mission?
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