NEWS:: Lebanon’s aid flotilla ready to set sail for Gaza despite threats and hurdles

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL POST – The National

Mitchell Prothero, Foreign Correspondent

  • Last Updated: June 24. 2010 2:15AM UAE / June 23. 2010 10:15PM GMT
Palestinians at the Gaza City port show their support for the Gaza-bound ship from Lebanon at a demonstration yesterday. Khalil Hamra / AP Photo

BEIRUT // A Lebanese ship filled with humanitarian supplies and activists keen to break the three-year Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip could depart the northern city of Tripoli within days or even hours, according to organisers, despite threats by Israel to interdict the vessels and a warning from Cyprus that attempts to run the blockade from its waters were unwelcome.

The voyage has been encumbered by bureaucratic and political obstacles from the start. UN resolution 1701 bars any attempts to Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS:: Lebanese PM and Hezbollah oppose Lebanese ships to Gaza; Quartet opposes more flotillas

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL POST – Examiner.com

June 24, 9:30 PM

According to reports from Israeli media, the planned launch of Lebanese ships bound for Gaza may have run aground.

Lebanese prime minister Said Hariri and Hezbollah are working to stop the Lebanese flotilla, according to a report attributed originally to Al Liwa,  an Arabic daily. Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS:: Flotillas from Lebanon Bound for Gaza

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL POST – IsraelSeen.com

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Ships from several countries, including Lebanon, have left or are planning to leave for Hamas-controlled Gaza in defiance of an Israeli maritime blockade on that territory.[1] In the coming days, at least one Lebanese-organized ship is set to leave Tripoli for Gaza.[2] Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS:: Iranian President Says Israel Is “Doomed”.

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL POST -News Blaze

Published: June 24, 2010

Iran does not maintain relations with Israel, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted on June 11 as saying Israel was “doomed.”

Egyptian witnesses reported seeing at least 12 U.S. war ships and one Israeli vessel passing through the Suez Canal on June 19 heading towards the Red Sea. Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS:: Israel Army Readies to Confront Lebanon ‘Threats’

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL POST– Annahar Newspaper
Beirut, 24 Jun 10, 09:41

Israeli military commander of the north Gadi Eizenkot said the Israeli army is preparing to confront threats by Lebanon “appropriately.”
Lebanon said on Tuesday it would hold Israel responsible for any attack, in response to Israeli warnings that it would use “all necessary force” to stop aid boats planning to sail to besiege Gaza. Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS:: Aridi ‘knows nothing’ about 2nd Gaza boat

June 25, 2010

ORIGINAL SOURCE

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BEIRUT: Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi was quoted by the pan-Arab daily Ash-Sharq al-Awsat on Wednesday as saying that he has no information regarding a Lebanese aid Gaza-bound ship dubbed Mariam.

“I do not know anything about a second aid ship,” he said. Mariam’s organizers, meanwhile, said they were still awaiting clearance from the Lebanese government. Read the rest of this entry »


NEWS::US says Gaza flotillas ‘irresponsible’

June 25, 2010

State Department urges parties to avoid ‘unnecessary confrontations’, says, ‘Mechanisms exist for transfer of aid to Gaza, delivery by sea neither appropriate, nor effective’

ORIGINAL SOURCE

Yitzhak Benhorin

Published:   06.24.10, 21:39 / Israel News

WASHINGTONThe US State Department on Thursday released a statement against additional flotillas to the Gaza Strip, calling them “irresponsible.”

The statement said: “Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so. Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances.”

The statement added, “We, along with our partners in the Quartet, urge all those wishing to deliver goods to do so through Read the rest of this entry »