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Gaza-bound flotilla participants braced for ‘tear gas and snipers’

No one expected that the “Freedom Flotilla II: Stay Human” would have a seamless run to the Gaza strip. Sure enough, in the latest of a series of hurdles that flotilla organisers have had to overcome, Greek coastguards halted a Canadian boat bound for Gaza shortly after it attempted to leave the Mediterranean island of Crete. As many wonder if the mission to Gaza will ever launch, our Observers tell us about the preparation that went into a trip that may never be. Read more...

“Anger everywhere” in Gaza after Israel storms aid ships

The Israeli army's interception of a flotilla of boats heading to Gaza with 10,000 tonnes of aid has dismayed locals in the strip. One of them, a student from Gaza City, says that people are already heading out to protest against the attack. Read her account...

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In Gaza, you get your change in chocolate

Stifled by the Israeli embargo since June 2007, Gazans are so in need of essentials that they're even lacking petty cash. The half-shekel, which is worth about 10 euro cents, has almost completely disappeared. Read more...

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Obama gesture leaves Cubans hopeful but wary

After 50 years of strict sanctions, Barack Obama's gesture towards Cuba on Monday will allow exiled Cubans to travel and send money to their homeland. Fidel Castro however, scoffed at the plans, saying that Obama should lift the "cruel" commercial embargo rather than hand out "charity". What do our Cuban Observers make of the news? Read their reactions...

Gaza: Taking Egypt by storm

Since part of the frontier wall between the Gaza strip and Egypt was broken down on 23 January, thousands of Palestinians have poured into Egypt. Cut off from the world by a blockade enforced by Israel, the country is running out of basic commodities and has taken Egyptian trade by storm. Our Observer Wael Abbas went to the frontier; here is his account of events and a video he filmed on the scene. Read more...

Video posted on YouTube by Wael Abbas, 25 January 2008

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