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Report: Hizbullah bans Haifa Wehbe from Gaza mission

June 20, 2010 2:27 P.M. (Updated: June 21, 2010 5:35 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Hizbullah has reportedly banned Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe from participating in an all-woman fleet heading to Gaza, scheduled to set sail from Beirut in the coming days, British media reported.

According to the British daily The Guardian, Wehbe's request to join the vessel was vetoed by Hizbullah, the militant Lebanese Shia group, because her "nudity, degradation and immodest dress" would damage the reputations of the Arab and European women on board.

The all-woman vessel, named the Mariam, was organized by Samar Al-Haj and Yasser Qashlaq, who denied Israeli allegations that the new fleet attempting to break the siege had links with the political party.

A second Lebanese boat, named after murdered Palestinian cartoonist Naji Al-Ali, was sponsored by Journalists without Borders and Free Palestine, and carry 50 journalists and 25 European volunteers, including members of the European parliament.

However, Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Lebanese government that it would be held responsible for any "violent and dangerous confrontations" at sea, with Israeli officials describing the latest fleet as "provocative" and a risk to regional security.

On 31 May, Israeli commando forces raid the six-fleet Freedom Flotilla in international waters, killing nine Turkish nationals on board. The move sparked an international backlash, with governments calling on Israel to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow an international probe into the incident.
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