Rights groups organizing flotilla to try breaking Israeli blockade of Gaza

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A group of human rights organizations say they are organizing a flotilla of boats that will attempt to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition said Tuesday it planned to sail to Gaza "during 2014." It did not specify how many vessels would participate, but said the flotilla was "a reflection of the growing worldwide solidarity with the Palestinian people."

It said it will also organize demonstrations in ports worldwide in coming months.

The group organized two previous flotillas, in 2010 and in 2011. During the first, Israeli forces stormed the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara, killing nine people on board. The incident led to a breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations.

Israel says it imposed the blockade in 2007 to prevent Palestinian militants bringing weapons into Gaza.