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Libyan aid ship bows to Israeli pressure & docks in Egypt

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posted on Jul, 10 2010 @ 03:16 PM
Gaza aid ship to dock in Egypt after Israel pressure

A ship with supplies for Gaza will dock at el-Arish in Egypt, officials say, after Israeli pressure to stop the vessel breaking its Gaza blockade.

The Moldovan-flagged ship chartered by a charity run by the son of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, left a Greek port on Saturday.

Israel asked for help from the UN, and had talks with Greece and Moldova. But organisers insist they will go to Gaza.

An Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship in May killed nine Turkish activists.

Gaza aid ship to dock in Egypt

A ship carrying aid for Palestinians in Gaza will dock at el-Arish in Egypt, following Israeli pressure to stop the vessel breaking its blockade of the territory.

Upon leaving the Greek port of Lavrio it was unclear if the Moldovan-flagged boat, with twelve crew and up to ten activists on board, would try to reach Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade or would go to the Egyptian port.

I am surprised they have done this but many more ships are planned, it is only a matter of time before they break the siege

posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 05:51 AM
Latest update from Al Jazeera says the Libyan ship would not be docking in Egypt after all so it seems likely Israel will intercept it. Lets hope there is no more bloodshed

Organisers of a Libya-sponsored aid ship have said they will continue their attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, despite Israeli claims that the vessel would instead sail to Egypt.

Yousseuf Sawani, a director of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, told Al Jazeera that there were no plans for the Al-Amal to dock at the port El-Arish.

"This is definitely a part of the campaign against the ship, a campaign of distortion, but we are definitely heading towards Gaza, because that is where aid should be heading to," he told Al Jazeera.

"This is a purely humane mission, it is neither provocative nor hostile," he said.

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