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Israeli Navy Begins Efforts To Stop Libyan Aid Ship

The Israeli military reportedly has begun efforts to try to stop a Libyan aid ship from reaching Gaza.

The Gaddafi Foundation, a charity chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, said in a statement an Israeli warship was near the Moldovan-flagged "Amalthea."

The ship left Greece on July 10 and was expected to reach Gaza's territorial waters on July 14.

The charity said that in response to an Israeli order to head for the Egyptian port of El Arish, "the captain of the Libyan ship and the head of the foundation team on board reaffirmed that the ship's destination is Gaza and no other place."

compiled from agency reports