- A Libyan ship, carrying humanitarian supplies is set to sail towards Gaza Strip today, a Palestinian activist has confirmed.
Jamal al-Khodary, chief of Popular Committee against Gaza Siege, confirmed today that the ship which started its voyage from the port city of Az Zawiyah on the Mediterranean will be delivering about 3,000 tons of medicine and humanitarian aid to stranded residents of the Gaza enclave.
"The aid is donated by the Libyan state and its people," Mr al-Khodary reportedly said, further adding the gesture was one of a series of Arab attempts to break the blockade on Gaza Strip.
Earlier this year, several ships, with European, American and Jewish activists on board, have reportedly also succeeded in docking at Gaza seaport as Israel refrained from intercepting them. The journeys were chartered by the US-based Free Gaza movement, Mr al-Khodary reported.
According to reports, Kuwaiti and Muslim legislators are also planning to extend humanitarian help to Gaza via the sea.
Israel sealed off Gaza Strip last year after Islamic Hamas movement seized power in the territory. In June, Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel to ease Gaza blockade in exchange for lull. However, the agreement was on the verge of collapse this month due to a new wave of violence.
Egypt had however opened its border with the Gaza Strip in early November to allow stranded patients to leave for medical treatment in its hospitals.
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