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guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 January 2009 15.50 GMT
The Pentagon has suspended the delivery of a shipload of munitions to Israel after international concern that it could be used by Israeli forces in Gaza. The German-owned cargo vessel, Wehr Elbe, under charter by the US Military Sealift Command, is currently in Greek waters with its transponder tracking turned off to prevent its location being identified.
Amnesty International has written to the foreign secretary, David Miliband, asking him to make "urgent approaches to the US, German and Greek governments to prevent this, or any pending or future shipments of weaponry until it can be verified that they will not be transferred to the Israeli Defence Forces or other parties to the conflict in Gaza.
"This previously scheduled shipment is routine and not in support of the current situation in Gaza."
The shipment had been agreed last summer before the current Israeli offensive in Gaza, he said.
Originally posted by masonwatcher
The decision was forced upon the US by her allies. Most likely their governments were advised by their legal advisers not to be complicit in the war crimes being conducted by Israel. I surmise that there is also the moral factor in their decision.
You may recall the US stating two days ago that the munition shipment was planned months ago and has nothing to do with the Gaza assault.
The truth is that Greece has refused to transit US munitions to Israel and no other port is willing to accommodate this shipment or to fuel the cargo ship. Turkey, a Nato member, also refused to accept these weapons.