Egypt approves docking of Libyan ship with Gaza aid in Arish port

19:39, July 14, 2010      

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Egypt approved a request by Gaza- bound Libyan aid ship Al-Amal to dock in its Arish port instead after failing to reach Gaza port due to Israeli interception, a security source said Wednesday.

The ship's engine broke down Wednesday morning 130 miles (about 209 km) from al-Arish port which is ready to receive it later on the day, the source told Xinhua.

The ship with 21 persons on board is carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies, to the Gazans.

On Tuesday, organizers of the Libyan-commissioned aid ship said Israeli navy forces have intercepted the ship, ordering it to head to the Egyptian port of al-Arish.

The Moldova-flagged ship Al-Amal (Hope in Arabic) tried to challenge Israel's three-year tight blockade on Gaza.

The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, headed by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said in a press release later Tuesday that the ship is steadily heading to its intended destination despite the Israeli warnings.

On May 31, Israeli forces attacked the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, killing nine activists and injuring scores of people on board.

Source: Xinhua


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