Iranian aid ships without military escort on way to Gaza
An Iranian ship carrying aid supplies has set sail for Gaza Strip and two others are expected to leave next week, two of Iran's semi-official news agencies reported on Monday. Mehr news agency said that an Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid left the port of Khorramshahr on Saturday, heading towards Gaza Strip. "This ship will pass through territorial waters of Oman, Yemen and Egypt before it reaches Gaza. It is said that the ship contains only humanitarian aid and there are no peace activists on board, " the agency stated.
On its part, Fars news agency also reported that top Iranian officials will allow two other ships to leave, but its navy will not escort them.
Meanwhile, the EU has called Israel's closure of Gaza's crossings a politically incorrect move and repeated ts call to immediately lift the blockade. At a meeting on Monday, the European Union Foreign Affairs Committee issued a statement saying, "The continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive."
...in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1860, the EU reiterates its call for an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza including goods from the West Bank," the statement added.