Iranian Gaza aid ship won’t sail due to ‘Israeli threats’

Iran flotilla organizers note Israel sees vessels from Iran, Lebanon as ‘sign of war’. Iranian MP: Different boat to sail next weekSource: YNetNews, 6-24-10

An Iranian organization announced Thursday evening that the vessel carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, which was to have started its journey on Sunday from Iran, will not set sail. An Iranian member of parliament said a different boat, carrying four Iranian lawmakers and many other Iranians would set off from Turkey instead.

The secretary general of an Iranian organization supporting Palestinians, Hussein Sheikh el-Islam, said during a press conference that the main reason for the cancellation was “the violent and inhuman attitude of the Zionist regime to humanitarian aid.” The vessel’s intended voyage was originally announced by the Iranian Red Crescent.

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“The vessel was supposed to leave for Gaza on Thursday, but because of hurdles put up by the Zionist regime regarding the impossibility of getting some of the goods (into the Strip), it was decided to postpone the departure to Sunday, but now this too will not happen,” Sheikh el-Islam was quoted by the Iranian news agency IRNA.

Israel sent a letter to the UN announcing that the arrival of vessels from Lebanon and Iran to the Gaza area would be a sign of war and it would act against them,” he added….READ MORE

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