I spoke to derek aboard the spirit of humanity about 40 mins ago. The are all doing well. 2 israeli gunships are now flanking both their pot and starboard side ( was previously 8, thretening to shoot and or board the boat) but have stopped communicating with them and interfering with their radio. They are approximately 20 miles from the international port of gaza, maybe 2 1/2 hours away, insh`allah.
Obviously i am not on board. We had so much pressure from many sides throughout the week, that in the end only one boat was allowed to leave, because of this i stepped aside to allow others in to gaza. Derek is on board but will return with the boat at the end of the week and we will once again make plans to head in in the next 10 or so days. So, on board we have 21 human rights workers, media and activists including 2 irish, derek and ( nobel peace prize winner) Mairead McGuire from Belfast.
Hopefully , my next update will be the safe arrival of the spirit of humanity , and 2 irish in gaza.
I will also fill you in on exactly what has been happening for the last week but at this stage do not want to jeopardise any ones safety by going in to details,
In solidarity ,