Gaza-bound ship allowed by Lebanon to sail from Tripoli to Cyprus

Published June 21st, 2010 - 10:56 GMT
Aid ship
Aid ship

Lebanese authorities have granted a Gaza-bound ship carrying aid and activists permission to sail to Cyprus. Lebanon's Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the ship, "Julia," is now docked at the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli and can set sail once it is cleared by port authorities there.

Aridi's comments came in an interview with a local Lebanese TV channel late Sunday and published in the press Monday. According to him,  the ship would be allowed to sail to Cyprus and not directly to Gaza Strip because Lebanon and Israel were technically in a state of war.

According to the AP, the ship's organizers said Monday they plan to sail in the next few days.

The minister added that "Julia's" voyage to Cyprus was not in violation of Security Council resolution 1701 and that the vessel would undergo a technical checkup before it sails from Tripoli. The Lebanese government is responsible of its decision, Aridi added. 

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