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Israel gives Gaza-bound ship midnight ultimatum

AFP
July 13, 2010

Israeli authorities have given a Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship an ultimatum of midnight on Tuesday to change course, in a radio contact with the vessel, an organiser of the mission on board said.

“Israeli authorities have given us until midnight tonight to change course and head to the (Egyptian) port of El-Arish, otherwise they are threatening to intercept the boat with their navy,” Mashallah Zwei said.

Zwei, a member of the Kadhafi Foundation charity which organised the shipment, told AFP by satellite phone that the Israelis were told the request would be “studied before a response is given.”

The latest attempt to run Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza comes six weeks after a deadly Israeli naval raid in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

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