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Aid ship ‘not going to Gaza’

A ship commissioned by a Libyan state charity left the port of Lavrio on Saturday headed for the Egyptian port of Al-Arish and not for the Gaza Strip as originally intended, the Foreign Ministry in Athens told The Associated Press. The Moldovan-flagged cargo ship Amalthea set sail from Lavrio, southeast of Athens, laden with 2,000 tons of food and medical supplies. Organizers said the aid was going to the Gaza Strip. But ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras told AP the ship was headed for Egypt, not Gaza. «We confirmed the destination in talks with the Libyan ambassador and the ship’s agent,» Delavekouras was quoted as saying. Apart from 15 volunteers, mostly Libyans, the Amalthea has a crew of 12 from Cuba, Haiti, India, and Syria. The Amalthea’s trip comes just over a month after Israeli commandos boarded vessels en route to Gaza, killing eight Turks and a Turkish American.