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Hamas marine security take to the open waters during a drill in preparation for the arrival of ships expected to break the Israeli naval blockade on the port in Gaza City on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea on May 26, 2010. Israel claimed a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists seeking to bust the Gaza blockade is a provocation and that the aid it is carrying is "unnecessary." Three cargo vessels left from Ireland, Greece and Turkey in recent days and plan to rendezvous with six smaller passenger boats off the coast of Cyprus before steaming on to Gaza where organisers hope to arrive by May 29. Photo by Ashraf Amra