The Libyan ship carrying aid for Gaza has resumed moving toward an Egyptian port as Israeli military vessels shadow the ship’s movement.
The Moldovan-flagged Amalthea began moving Wednesday morning after engine problems caused it to stall in international waters during the night Tuesday. The ship’s captain said the vessel is headed for the Egyptian port of Arish rather than its initial destination, Gaza.
Israel’s military ships are tailing the Amalthea to ensure the ship does not attempt to break the Israeli three-year-old naval blockade of the Palestinian enclave.
Youssef Sawani, executive director of the Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, said the ship had received an ultimatum from the Israelis earlier Tuesday to change course by midnight (21:00 GMT) for Arish or face a forceful takeover.