Libya aid ship may head towards Gaza via Egyptian waters: report (2)

13:08, July 15, 2010      

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The Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson told Xinhua that the navy had offered to escort the craft to the Israeli port of Ashdod, and offload its foodstuffs for overland transfer to Gaza via the Karni crossing point.

An update from the organizer, appearing on its website, said that the "Al-Amal aid ship is currently undergoing a cordon by the Israeli Navy as four naval vessels are showing up on each side of the ship. The ship is moving at a slower pace as the Israeli naval vessels are trying to force it to change course."

The captain of the ship and the organizer's mission coordinator onboard confirmed that the Israeli navy threatened the ship, and asked them to change its course. "While, the team asserted their determination to head towards Gaza," said the Libyan organization of Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation.

The Israeli Navy said that it continues to track the vessel's progress, in order to head off any last-minute turn towards the Gaza coast.

While tailing the Libyan ship, the army has vowed to intercept the Libyan aid boat if it approaches the Palestinian enclave.

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