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Libya charity says Israel agreed to deliver cargo

July 15, 2010 9:10 A.M. (Updated: July 16, 2010 4:59 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Libyan aid ship patron Saif Al-Islam Ghadafi told the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that a deal with Egypt and Israel would see supplies taken into Gaza by land.

The son of Libyan President Mumar Ghadafi told the newspaper that the "affair was successfully concluded," putting to rest reports alleging The Hope would continue toward the coastal enclave and deliver the supplies directly.

Saif said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman worked together on the deal and agreed to allow the ship to transfer tens of millions of dollars worth of supplies to Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

The newspaper reported that supplies were already being unloaded in Al-Arish.

On Wednesday night, Egyptian officials told news agencies that the ship was set to dock in the Al-Arish port, south of Gaza, with organizers quoted as saying the ship would continue on toward Gaza in the coming days.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday that the ship docked, noting that “It is not clear what persuaded the ships' passengers … to agree not to sail to Gaza,” but quoted an Israel Radio report as saying the decision was reached after mediation by Austrian millionaire Martin Schlaff.

However, Egypt Daily News quoted sources saying the ship “resumed its voyage on Wednesday after stalling overnight,” but added that it remained unclear as to whether the ship intended to proceed to Gaza.

Speaking Wednesday at the naming of a Gaza street "Martyrs of the Freedom Flotilla Street," Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on the crew of The Hope to continue the mission of those aboard the Turkish-flagged vessel the Mavi Marmara, which was forcibly stopped in international waters where nine passengers were shot in an Israeli mission to commandeer the boat.

"It's moving and getting closer to Al-Arish," an Israeli military spokesman told Agence France-Presse, without specifying exactly where it was. "We are preparing for a scenario in which it tries to redirect and go to Gaza."

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