Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship enters Egyptian territorial waters

13:12, July 15, 2010      

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The Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship Al- Amal entered on Wednesday Egypt's territorial waters, local TV said.

Murad Mowafi, the governor of North Sinai, said in televised statements that the ship is now less than 12 miles off the Egyptian northern coast and is expected to arrive in Egypt's Mediterranean port of el-Arish within few hours.

The governor added that all the administrative procedures have been taken in cooperation with the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) to unload the ship and take the aid to Gaza.

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

Egypt approved Wednesday a request by Al-Amal to dock in its Arish port instead after its failing to reach Gaza port due to Israeli interception.

The ship with 21 persons on board is carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian aids, 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 el-Arish.

Source: Xinhua

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