The MV Rachel Corrie, one of the few remaining ships of the now-famous Freedom Flotilla
, is on its way to Gaza and should reach the exclusion zone tomorrow night or Saturday morning, according to the Irish Times
. The boat was supposed to be among the boats that were stormed by Israeli Defense Forces on Monday, but was waylaid
in Cyprus by mechanical issues that may have been the handiwork of Israeli saboteurs.
The Irish-owned boat is carrying five Irish activists, including Nobel peace laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire and former U.N. official Denis Halliday, six Malaysians, and a crew of eight.
"We don't want to be heroes or martyrs, but we have to keep going ahead," Jenny Graham, an Irish activist on board the boat, told the Belfast Telegraph
The Irish government has been in contact with its Israeli counterparts, asking for "maximum restraint" when its security forces encounter the Rachel Corrie, Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said
. "It has been a terrible week in terms of the loss of life and there is now an obligation on all involved to reduce tension."