Libyan aid ship headed for Egypt, not Gaza

July 10, 2010 20:51


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ATHENS, Greece — A ship commissioned by a Libyan charity organization was set to leave Saturday eveining for the Egyptian port of El-Arish, and not for Gaza, as originally planned, a Greek foreign ministry spokesman said.

This is in contradiction to reports by Palestinian authorities that the aid ship was on it's way to Gaza.

"They are set to leave very soon for El-Arish. ... We confirmed their destination in talks with the Libyan ambassador and the ship's agent," foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras told the Associated Press on Saturday.

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas had discussed the ship's planned trip with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday, Delavekouras added.

The Moldovan-flagged cargo ship Amalthea will leave from the port of Lavrio, southeast of Athens, carrying 2,000 tons of food and medical supplies destined for Gaza.

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