Lebanese ship delays departure for Gaza

BEIRUT - The organizers of a Lebanese ship hoping to break Israel’s Gaza blockade say they have postponed the trip after Cyprus refused the vessel entry.

By (AP)

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Published: Sun 22 Aug 2010, 4:35 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:51 AM

The ship — the Mariam — cannot travel directly to Gaza because Lebanon is technically at war with Israel, forcing the boat to pass through a third country before heading to the Palestinian territory.

Organizers said Sunday they are in contact with Greek authorities to allow the ship to dock there before proceeding to Gaza. They did not give a new departure date.

The ship will carry aid and activists, organizers say.

Israel has urged Lebanon to prevent the vessel from sailing to Gaza.

The Lebanese expedition comes after Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships on May 31, killing nine activists.

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