Libya aid ship to continue to Gaza: organizers (2)

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

Organizers said the ship is carrying a team of 15 volunteers, mostly Libyan, and a crew of 13, as well as 2,000 tons of rice, sugar, corn oil and olive paste.

On May 31, Israeli naval commandos rappelled from helicopters to the deck of Mavi Marmara ship, which headed a six-vessel flotilla on a similar mission.

Nine passengers were killed in the melee that broke out between reportedly armed passengers and soldiers, who had planned to take over the craft and tow it to Ashdod.

Israel imposed a tight blockade on Gaza over three years ago after the Hamas movement violently took over the territory, where some 1.5 million Palestinians are living.

Source: Xinhua
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