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As the controversy over the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla continues, one of the groups at the center of the dispute says it is still looking for answers.
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Greta Berlin, founder of the Free Gaza Movement which helped organize the aid convoy, has been trying to locate volunteers who were taken off vessels by Israeli security forces on Monday as they tried to deliver aid to Gaza.
The six ships in the convoy were captured after a pre-dawn raid by Israeli commandos. Israel says that at least nine activists died; while the Free Gaza Movement says the number is higher.
The Free Gaza Movement international alliance is a coalition of pro-Palestinian human rights organizations and activists. It seeks to publicize Israel’s blockade of Gaza that followed the election of Hamas in the territory in 2007.
The Israeli government says the blockade –which covers all land, sea and air routes – is designed to stop the smuggling of arms into the territory that are ultimately used against it. It points to the fact its civilians have been plagued by rockets and missiles fired into Israel from Gaza that originated in countries including Iran and Syria.
The Free Gaza Movement has previously boats with aid toward Gaza in defiance of the blockade. Berlin says the group is determined to continue with its work and plans to send two more aid ships next week, despite Monday’s events.