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Israel turns back Gaza-bound Libyan ship

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Libyan ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was turned back without incident.

The ship, carrying an estimated 3,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid, instead docked Monday at an Egyptian port. An Israeli navy boat approached the ship near the Gaza coast, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told reporters.

Monday’s attempt marked the first time a sovereign nation has attempted to break the blockade. Libya and Israel do not have diplomatic relations.

Three boatloads of activists have been allowed to land in Gaza since the summer despite the blockade of the strip controlled by the terror group Hamas.

 

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