[News] Lybian 'Hope' Ship On Its Way To Gaza

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Mon Jul 12 15:40:34 EDT 2010

'Hope' Ship On Its Way To Gaza


  Monday July 12, 2010 01:50
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian independent Legislator, Jamal el-Khodary, head of the 
Popular Committee Against the Siege, and Arab member of Knesset, Dr. 
Ahmad Tibi, stated that the Hope solidarity ship sent by Libya 
continued its path to Gaza after arriving at Crete island.

The two legislators said that, so far, no delays were reported and 
that everything is going according to the original plan.

The ship was sent by Kaddafi Charitable Society, and is supported by 
Saif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Mommar Kaddafi.

Tibi and el-Khodary thanked Saif al-Islam for sending the ship that 
carries political and humanitarian messages.

El-Khodary stated that the ship carries medicine and humanitarian 
supplies, and that its organizers insist to reach Gaza to deliver 
them. They have detailed lists of everything and everybody aboard the ship.

The Palestinian Legislator thanked the Libyan President, different 
organizations that supported the ship and the Libyan people for 
standing against the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza.

He added that any Israeli attack against the ship is another act of 
piracy punishable by international law, and called on the 
international community to protect all solidarity ships.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that 
Israel will not allow the ship to reach Gaza.

Speaking to the Israeli Radio, Lieberman said that "no ship will 
reach Gaza", and considered solidarity ships as "acts that harm 
Israel's sovereignty".

He added that the ship must go to al-Arish Egyptian Port, or follow 
the orders of the Israeli army and dock in Ashdod Port.

The ship carries 2000 tons of foodstuffs, medicine, and other 
humanitarian supplies, while its organizers said that it does not 
violate international laws and regulations.

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