'Gaza aid ship diverted against passengers' will'

The captain of the 'Strofades IV' reportedly sails to Greece, instead of Gaza, after a dispute with British aid workers over money.

November 12, 2010 10:24
One of the flotilla boats docks at the Ashdod port

greek ship flotilla ashdod 311. (photo credit: Ron Friedman)

The captain of the Strofades IV - which was en route from Libya with aid for the Gaza Strip - diverted the ship to Greece against the passengers' will Friday morning, according to UK newspaper The Telegraph.

The Road to Hope, the British charity organizing the ship, said ten aid workers were on board, as well as Libyan police officers and a port official.

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The captain had reportedly argued with the aid workers about money, and sailed from the Libyan port of Derna while the ship was still tied to the dock, bumping into a harbor wall.

The Telegraph reported that Libyan authorities attempted to stop the ship - which is registered in Malta - with speedboats and aircraft, but the captain did not stop his ship until reaching Greece.

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