JERUSALEM — Ships carrying 10,000 tons of supplies and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to blockaded Gaza were being held up near Cyprus on Saturday, as organizers tried to get nearly two dozen high-profile supporters on board.
The flotilla was initially to set sail toward Gaza on Saturday afternoon, and approach the territory today, about 24 hours behind schedule, said Greta Berlin, one of the activists.
A showdown with the Israeli navy appeared inevitable. Israel's deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, reiterated Saturday that the ships would be intercepted. He also denounced the sea convoy as a provocation and violation of maritime laws. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory by force three years ago.
Jamaica in danger of indefinite martial law
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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga fears Jamaica could fall under indefinite martial law in the aftermath of a week of violence during which, he says, soldiers and police indiscriminately killed dozens of innocent people.
In a telephone interview, Seaga, who served as prime minister from 1980 until 1989, said Prime Minister Bruce Golding has lost control of the nation's security forces in their efforts to capture alleged gang leader and drug trafficker Christopher "Dudus" Coke. The suspect, who has been indicted in New York federal court on drug and arms trafficking charges, is still at large.
Much of the violence has occurred in and around Coke's power base in Kingston's Tivoli Gardens neighborhood.