Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Libyan Aid Ship to Gaza (a compilation of videos)

New aid ship leaves for Gaza:

"AlJazeeraEnglish | July 10, 2010

A Libyan sponsored aid ship has set sail from Greece and, according to the captain, is heading towards Gaza.

Israel, however, says it had reached an agreement with Greece and Moldova to stop the vessel.

The ship left the port of Lavrio on Saturday, but organisers say it will take 70 to 80 hours to reach Gaza's shores.

Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports.

No 'Hope'? Israel blocking new aid ship to Gaza:

"RussiaToday | July 13, 2010

The organisers of a Libyan aid ship bound for Gaza say it's been confronted by an Israeli military vessel and ordered to change its course for Egypt. They also say the boat - called 'Hope' - is refusing to alter its destination and will continue to head to the Palestinian territory. The Israeli vessel is reportedly continuing to shadow the ship, after the country insisted it would not allow it to break the three-year Gaza blockade.

Lybian Aid Vessel Heading To Gaza:

"otraverdad | July 14, 2010

Lybian Aid ship resume voyage To Gaza
israeli Navy surrounds aid vessel
The Israeli Navy reportedly blockades a Libyan-chartered aid vessel which has set sail for the blockaded Gaza Strip, issuing threats against the convoy.

'Israeli warships are surrounding and threatening the cargo ship. There is a real threat,' said Yussef Sawan, the executive director of the Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Association, AFP reported.

The organization tasked the seaborne mission on board the Moldova-flagged cargo ship, Amalthea, to break Tel Aviv's years-long siege of Gaza. The vessel is carrying 12 crewmembers and 2,000 tons of relief supplies from Greece to the impoverished sliver.

Communications with the ship are being jammed, Sawan added, pointing at possible electronic obstructions against the humanitarian effort.

The bid follows the Israeli commandos' May 31 killing of nine Turks among the Freedom Flotilla, a hundreds-strong aid convoy, which intended to fulfill the same mission. The attack sent shockwaves across the world and gave rise to global calls for an international investigation into the incident.

Tel Aviv, however, subsequently insisted it will not allow any seaborne convoys to reach the strip. 'I say very clearly, no ship will arrive in Gaza. We will not permit our sovereignty to be harmed,' Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Army Radio on Sunday. Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak also branded the bid as 'unnecessary provocation.'

Israel, meanwhile, campaigned to seek foreign cooperation against the effort, while obliging the ship head either towards the port of El-Arish in Egypt or the Israeli port of Ashdod. Sawan earlier denied reports that the ship was heading towards El-Arish.

Mashallah Zwei, a representative for the Libyan charity, who is accompanying the mission, had clarified earlier that the organization was not seeking 'a confrontation or a provocation.'

'We only have food, medicine and young pacifists on the boat.' 'The Israelis can inspect the ship and if they have an ounce of humanity they will let us unload in Gaza,' he added, calling for international pressure on the regime not to disrupt the relief bid.

Gaza aid ship in Israeli stand-off:

"AlJazeeraEnglish | July 14, 2010

The Libyan aid ship, the Amalthea, 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, and is now moving very slowly towards El Arish port.

An Al Jazeera reporter on board said the vessel, carrying 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine, was met by a 'wall' of Israeli gunships as it approached the Palestinian territory.

Sherine Tadros reports.

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