Aid ships from Lebanon delay plan to sail to Gaza
Two ships carrying female activists and aid destined for Gaza Strip advised by its organizers, not to set sail from Lebanon on Sunday due to the stance of the Cypriot port authorities. The Mariam is one of the vessels which was originally due to depart from the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli to Cyprus on Sunday. However, Cyprus made it clear it would not allow the ships to sail from their ports.
The organizers have been holding talks with Greek authorities.
The Cypriot ambassador to Beirut on Thursday stated that all ships involved in breaking the Gaza blockade could upset "regional peace and stability". The Lebanese Transport Minister, after being informed of Cyprus' stance revoked the permission of the Lebanese ships to sail there.