Lebanese ship may delay departure for Gaza

The organisers of a Lebanese ship hoping to break Israel`s Gaza blockade say they are considering a new route to the Palestinian territory after Cyprus refused to allow the ship entry.

Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

Beirut: The organisers of a Lebanese ship
hoping to break Israel`s Gaza blockade say they are
considering a new route to the Palestinian territory after
Cyprus refused to allow the ship entry.

The ship -- the Mariam -- cannot travel directly to Gaza
because Lebanon is technically at war with Israel, forcing the
vessel to pass through a third country before heading for the
seaside strip.

Organisers said today they have contacted authorities in
Greece and Turkey since Cyprus refused them entry. The ship
will carry aid and women activists, according to organisers.

Israel has urged Lebanon and the international community
to prevent the vessel from sailing to Gaza. Israel`s UN
ambassador said her country reserves the right "to use all
necessary means" to prevent the ship from breaking the
blockade.

PTI