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  •  AFP Iran To Send Relief Ship To GAZA (0+ / 0-)

    Funny thing about it's arrival timing, eh?

    Iran to send relief ship to Gaza
    Dec 10, 2008

    TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran's Red Crescent announced on Wednesday that it is sending a relief ship to the Gaza Strip, in the face of an Israeli blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.

    "We are sending a consignment of a 1,000 tonnes on a ship to Gaza the beginning of next week," Red Crescent secretary general Ahmad Moussavi was quoted as saying on the organisation's website.

    "There is the possibility of our ship being blocked just as the Libyan ship was blocked," he added referring to a vessel intercepted by Israel a month ago.

    Libya protested to the UN Security Council over Israel's interception of the cargo ship, which had sought to take 3,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    Israel said that because Libya does not recognise it, the interception was justified on grounds of national security.

    "Unfortunately so far the Egyptian government had not allowed us to send the relief items to them by air," Moussavi said, referring to Gaza's southern neighbour

    The official did not disclose the nationality of the ship, but said the cargo will include 500 tonnes of wheat, 200 tonnes of sugar, 200 tonnes of rice, 50 tonnes of cooking oil and 50 tonnes of medical supplies.

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