Iranian aid ships head for Gaza
by MainStreet, Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 11:31:50 AM EDT
The Iranian Red Crescent says it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian territory by Israel.
It will also send a plane carrying 30 tonnes of medical equipment to Egypt for onward delivery to Gaza.
Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh told Iranian media that two ships would leave for Gaza this week, followed at a later date by a third vessel.
This morning, Reuters reported in what was considered to be a provocative move after the Gaza Flotilla massacre a few weeks ago, the sailing of the first ship:
One ship left port Sunday and another will depart by Friday, loaded with food, construction material and toys, the report said. The boats would be part of international efforts to break Israel's isolation of the Gaza Strip.
"Until the end of the Gaza blockade, Iran will continue to ship aid," said an official at Iran's Society for the Defense of the Palestinian Nation.
While Israel has long suspected Iran, which rejects the Jewish state's right to exist, of supplying weapons to Hamas, Tehran says it only provides moral support to the group.
"Let the games begin" was the observation of one blogger commenting on the significance of this new effort to break the siege.
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