Israeli navy tails Gaza-bound Libyan ship

15:26, July 14, 2010      

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The Israeli navy is following a Libyan-commissioned aid ship carrying supplies for the Gaza Strip,the Israeli army said early Wednesday morning.

The ship was reportedly delayed in the sea due to technical problems, the army's spokesperson office told Xinhua, adding that the navy could not confirm this report so far.

While continuing tailing the ship, the army vowed to intercept the aid boat if it approaches the Palestinian enclave. The navy "has begun preparations to stop the Libyan ship attempting to enter Gaza," Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on its website.

According to the organizers of the aid boat, the Israeli navy has intercepted the ship and ordered it to head to the Egyptian port of el-Arish.

"An Israeli gunboat is currently intercepting Al-Amal aid ship.The ship's captain was asked by the gunboat crew to go to (Egyptian port) el- Arish, stressing that the vessel will not be allowed to go into Gaza at all," a statement by Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation said.

However, the army said it just has initiated a process of identification and communication with the Libyan ship at sea, denying any ultimatum was issued to the crew of the boat.

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