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Israeli forces await Viva Palestina

The Israeli forces are awaiting the arrival of the fifth Gaza-bound aid convoy, sent by the UK-based charity Viva Palestina, a source with Israel’s military says.

“The IDF (Israeli military) is prepared for the flotilla, although it is expected to travel to El Arish, Egypt rather than try and reach Gaza,” the source was quoted by The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

The international mission is set to sail from the port city of Latakia in northwestern Syria to the Egyptian port of El Arish on Monday.

Named Lifeline 5, it is set to bring relief supplies to the Gaza Strip, which has been enduring more than three years of an all-out land, aerial and naval blockade by Israel.

On May 31, the Israeli forces stormed the Freedom Flotilla, a Turkish-backed international relief mission. The attack in international waters killed nine Turkish activists and injured around 50 others.

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