Blockade

Gaza Aid Ship Diverted to Egypt

An aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip—and aiming to break the blockade there—will dock in Egypt instead, after pressure from Israel. The ship, flagged in Moldova and chartered by a charity headed by the son of Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, was to depart from a Greek port Saturday. Israel appealed to the U.N., which then held talks with Greece and Moldova. The ship is loaded with cooking oil prefab homes, medicine and food, and will dock at el-Arish, on the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The incident comes in the wake of the Turkish aid flotilla attempted to break the blockage and was raided by Israeli forces, who killed nine on board.