Libya aid ship to continue to Gaza: organizers

14:51, July 12, 2010      

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Organizers of a Libyan-commissioned aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip said the boat will continue its voyage to the Palestinian enclave despite Israeli warnings that it will intercept the ship before reaching its intended destination, Al Jazeera TV reported on its website Sunday.

Carrying a large amount of food and medicine, the Moldova- flagged Al Amal -- Hope in Arabic -- funded by an organization chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son set sail on Saturday from the Greek port of Lavrio to the Palestinian territory blockaded by Israel for over three years.

Yousseuf Sawani, a director of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying that there were no plans for the vessel to dock at the Egyptian port of el-Arish, dismissing Israeli reports that the vessel is actually heading to Egypt.

"This is definitely a part of the campaign against the ship, a campaign of distortion, but we are definitely heading towards Gaza, because this is where aid should be heading to," Sawani told the Doha-based network.

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