2008-08-23 17:56:01 -
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Two boats carrying dozens of international activists sailed into the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli blockade on Saturday, receiving a warm welcome from hundreds of jubilant Palestinians after a two-day journey marred by communications troubles and rough seas.
As the boats docked in Gaza City's tiny port,
children swarmed around the vessels and leaped into the water in joy, while thousands of cheering people looked on from the shore. Palestinian flags on one of the boats snapped in the wind, and the slogan «End Occupation» was written in large letters on its side.
«We were all dizzy, nauseous. We were all tired. But in the last hour it was like we were recharged,» said Ayash Daraj, a journalist with the al-Jazeera satellite channel who sailed with the activists.