Libyan aid ship diverted to Egypt


Reuters reports (via Reliefweb) that the Libyan ship which left port last week carrying 3000 tons of aid has chosen to divert itself to Egypt rather than attempt to dock in Gaza.

Reuters notes that before the current blockade, Israel used to allow ships to dock in Gaza. The Free Gaza movement famously made port in Gaza earlier this year, and were the first ships to dock since the Hamas takeover in June 2007.

On the Libyan boats: "They understood that the navy was there and decided to turn around," said Andy David, a Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. "We have a very clear policy (on the blockade) which is constantly publicised."