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25 April
2002
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah begins his visit to the US, where he presents the eight-point Saudi peace plan - termed by the White House as "constructive".
1997
An emergency special session of the UN General Assembly approves a resolution with 134 in favor and three against (US, Israel and Micronesia) for a halt in construction at Har Homa and an end to all settlement activities in the occupied territories.
1949
The San Remo Conference awards administration of the former Turkish territories of Syria and Lebanon to France and of Palestine and Transjordan and Mesopotamia (Iraq) to Britain.
1948
IZL starts massive mortar shelling of Jaffa residential quarters; simultaneously launches ground offensive to cut off northern Manshiyeh
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Greek authorities detain the French ship while refueling at Crete
Greek authorities detain the French ship while refueling at Crete
[ 07/07/2011 - 03:16 PM ]

ATHENS, (PIC)-- Organizers of the Freedom Flotilla II announced on Thursday that the French ship that was part of the fleet was detained at a Crete port at the orders of the Greek authorities.

Claude Aostic, a spokeswoman for the organizers, said that the ship was refueling when Greek coast guards ordered the vessel to another port and detained it at “administrative pretexts”.

The 19-meter long vessel carries 12 French solidarity activists including the leader of the far left and a European MP for the Green party.

The Greek authorities barred sail of the Freedom Flotilla ships, which carry humanitarian relief material, to the Gaza Strip last Friday after Israel threatened to use force against them, adding that adequate protection for the passengers should be ensured.

For his part, Palestinian foreign minister in Gaza Mohammed Awad refused proposals for changing the route of the Flotilla, adding that the Palestinian people are entitled to have their own port.

He underlined that blocking the fleet from sailing to Gaza refutes Israel’s claims that it had ended its occupation of Gaza.

Press reports earlier said that PA chief Mahmoud Abbas agreed with the Greek authorities on changing the final destination of the fleet from Gaza to El-Arish then ferrying its load to Gaza via land route.

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