Libyan ship with aid for Gaza reaches Egypt port
Cairo, Jul 15: The Libyan aid ship aiming Gaza reached an Egyptian port safe on Wednesday, Jul 14 challenging Israel's naval embargo of the Palestinian territory.
Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, the Director of the Egyptian port of el-Arish said that the ship reached the waiting area and asked the permission to dock there, on Wednesday, Jul 14 evening. The ship Amalthea has yet to dock 15 as the captain is seeking clearance from the shipment's organizers.
The cargo is expected to be unloaded on Thursday, Jul 15. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egyptian foreign minister informed that Cairo has agreed to let the Amalthea through and as soon as the boat docks, the cargo will be unloaded and handed over to the Red Crescent to deliver to Gaza.
Israeli missile ships were keeping a tab on the Libyan vessel since Wednesday, Jul 14 morning to make sure that it would not reach Gaza. Israeli ships were arrayed in a 'wall' in order to prevent Amalthea from continuing toward the Palestinian territory.
Hamas officials in Gaza said that they consider the Libyan ship as 'their moving hope in the Mediterranean Sea'. They also reminded them not to fall into the trap and stop in a port other than Gaza.