Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gaza aid ship docks in Egypt

Al Jazeera English:

A Libyan aid ship originally bound for the Gaza Strip has been diverted to a port in Egypt after the Israeli navy warned the vessel against trying to break an Israeli blockade on the Palestinian coastal territory.

An Egyptian official said the Amalthea arrived in El Arish, on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, about 45km south of the border with Gaza, in mid-evening on Wednesday.

"Medical supplies and passengers will enter Gaza through the Rafah border [crossing], while food will enter through the Awja border," Captain Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, who is in charge of the port, said.
He said Egypt's Red Crescent would be responsible for taking the 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine over both borders and had trucks waiting in El Arish.

Yousseuf Sawani, executive director of the Gaddafi Foundation which charteredthe vessel, confirmed earlier that it had decided to divert the ship away from Gaza for safety reasons.

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Looks like Ghaddafi thought discretion was the better part of valor. Well, at least no one got shot up by Israeli commandos this time around.
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