Libyan Aid Ship Bound for Gaza to Break Israel’s Blockade
July 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-A ship carrying relief supplies bound for Gaza is running headlong into Israel’s naval blockade. The aid ship is funded by the Gadhafi Foundation, a non-profit group headed by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s son. The Israel government is calling the relief effort a provocative act and is warning Libya not to attempt to sail directly into Gaza.
The ship MV Amalthea, displaying a Moldovan flag and carrying a journalist from Al Jazeera, left Greece on Saturday and is due to arrive in the vicinity of Gaza sometime on Tuesday.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is advising the ship to dock elsewhere, to allow authorities to inspect the goods, before being transported to Gaza over land. Barak views the Libyan sponsored ship intent on breaking through Israeli’s blockade an act of “provocation.”
“Goods can be transferred into Gaza through the port of Ashdod after they are inspected, but we will not allow the transfer of weapons or ammunition into Gaza,” he said. “We recommend to the organizers of the flotilla to allow navy vessels to escort it to the port of Ashdod or sail directly to el-Arish” in Egypt.
Organizers say they don’t plan to resists Israel authorities in the event their ship is boarded. The Israel military raided a Turkish ship bound for Gaza in May, which led to 10 civilian deaths and 30 wounded, sparking international outrage.