Libyan Ship With Gaza Aid to Set Sail Tomorrow

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son reportedly organized a humanitarian ship to sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip no later than Saturday.

The Hope cargo ship will carry 2,000 tons of food and medicine and about 27 supporters who want to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, AFP, the French news agency, reported.

Organizers said aid on the ship will include sacks of rice and sugar, corn oil and olive paste mostly donated from Greek companies and charities.

The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Organization, which is chaired by Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, coordinated the delivery.

Officials aboard the ship said they would not object if Israel asks to check the ship’s certificates and cargo. Additionally, they would allow Israel to deliver the aid.

Organizers of a “Free Gaza” flotilla rejected similar offers from Israel. Israeli commandoes raided the six-ship flotilla on May 31; five raids were peaceful, but the sixth, aboard the largest Turkish-flagged ship, resulted in a brawl that left six Turks, including one Turkish American, dead. It also precipitated a crisis in turkish-Israel relations and calls for an international investigation, which Israel and the United States have so far resisted.

The flotilla was aimed at breaching Israel’s embargo of Gaza, which is controlled by the hamas terrorist group. Israel lifted its three year land blockade of Gaza last month in response to international pressure.

The trip is expected to take about 80 hours.


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