Iranian Revolutionary Guards volunteers.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The Iranian Red Crescent announced on Monday that it will be sending two ships to Gaza this week.
offers escort for Gaza ship
We'll monitor ships
AFP quoted the Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh as saying: "One ship will carry donations made by the people and the other will carry relief workers. The ships will be sent to Gaza by end of this week."
The decision to send aid ships follows earlier announcements by Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei that
Revolutionary Guards could be sent to protect
ships sailing for Gaza.
In 2009 Iran sent an aid ship which was intercepted and denied access to
Gaza; a Lebanese ship was also stopped, although blood donations
it was carrying
were transferred to Gaza.