A charity ship sent by Libya to the Gaza Strip will be heading from Greece to Gaza in an attempt to break the illegal Israeli siege on the coastal region to deliver humanitarian supplies. The aid ship is headed by the son of Libyan president, Moammar Gaddafi. It will be sailing from Lavrio Port in Athens before it heads to Gaza.
The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Association, headed by Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, is loaded with 2000 tons of humanitarian aid, including foodstuffs and medications.
Several human rights activists will be sailing on the ship in an attempt to reach Gaza.
Libya decided to send its aid ship after Iran canceled sending an aid ship to Gaza due to Israeli threats to attack it.
On May 31, the Israeli Navy attacked the Mavi Marmara Turkish aid ship, part of the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, killed nine Turkish nationals and wounded several other activists before towing the ship to Ashdod and detaining the activists.
The attack pushed Turkey to sever its ties with Israel and demanded it to apologize and pay compensations. Israel refused to issue an apology and said that its soldiers “had to defend themselves”.
The Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu started an internal probe into the attack, while Turkey said an internal investigation is not enough as it is demanding an international probe.