The Israel Navy continued Sunday to maintain a high level of alert ahead
of the possibility that two ships will set sail from Lebanon and try to
break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.
According to military source, the IDF was closely following events in
Lebanon to see when and if the two ships will set sail for the Gaza
Strip. Israel is particularly concerned with the Lebanese flotilla due
to the short distance between the countries. The ships will reportedly
carry women and medical supplies.
"We have to be on high alert at all times since if they make a run for
it, the ships could be in Gaza waters in just a few hours," one officer
Defense officials said that the Navy would take extra precautions when
trying to stop the ships and planned to operate under more the
assumption that terrorist elements or provocateurs will be on board the
On Sunday, the London-based Al Hayat Newspaper, quoted Lebanese
authorities who said that they had yet to receive an official request
from the organizers of the Lebanese flotilla to sail to the Gaza Strip.
According to the report, Lebanese law prohibits ships from sailing to
areas like Gaza which are under Israeli control.