Iranian aid ship nearing Gaza Strip
Date: 12 / 01 / 2009 Time: 18:04
Gaza – Ma'an/Agencies – A ship loaded with humanitarian aid en route to Gaza from the Islamic Republic of Iran is scheduled to make landfall within hours, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry. "We are intent on helping (people in Gaza)," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Monday. "Our ship has passed through Port Said (Egypt) and is now about to enter the Gaza region to dispense the relief operation," he added. It was not immediately clear how the ship expects to pass through the naval siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel’s military. Iran has repeatedly criticized Israel for its war on Gaza, as well as what the Islamic republic claims is Arab nations’ silence on the “atrocities” ongoing there.