'Free Gaza' Movement to Close Cyprus Office

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NICOSIA, Cyprus - The Free Gaza Movement's spokeswoman said it plans to close the group's Cyprus headquarters, but would continue its crusade to break the blockade of the Gaza port.

"We're not going to stop," spokeswoman Greta Berlin said, according to an Associated Press report.

"If Cyprus is going to make it difficult for us, why should we stay?" she said, referring to last week's refusal to allow activists to be picked up at a Cyprus port for transport to the Turkish-led flotilla.

The Free Gaza Movement plans to move its headquarters from Larnaca to London, where it will organize the next "blockade busting" flotilla slated to sail in early fall.

"I think we've put Israel into a corner and we'll keep it up," Berlin said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said over the weekend that Israel will continue to enforce the Gaza blockade until Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Strip, renounces terror and recognizes Israel's right to exist.

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AP contributed to this report.

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