Barak calls Lebanese flotilla 'an unnecessary provocation'

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July 23, 2010 19:14

The planned Lebanese flotilla to the Gaza Strip is an “unnecessary provocation” and Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible to prevent the ships from trying to sail to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on Gaza, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday.

 The Israel Navy was on high alert on Friday amid predictions that a flotilla of two vessels from Lebanon were preparing to depart for the Gaza Strip in an effort to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade by the end of the week.

Barak said that if the cargo the ships were carrying was of a humanitarian nature it would be allowed into Gaza via the Ashdod Port and land crossings Israel controls into Gaza.

“If the ships refuse to accompany the Navy to Ashdod, we will have no choice but to stop it at sea,” Barak said.


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