A ship carrying humanitarian aid by a Libyan state charity organization is preparing on Friday to break heavy Israeli siege on Gaza, sailing from Greece, reports said.
Israeli forces raided a six-ship flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31, killing nine Turkish peace activists.
Gaddafi International Charity and Development Association, headed by the second son of Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi, is sending The Moldova-flagged cargo ship Amalthea with 12-man crew and will carry up to nine passengers
It will depart from Lavrio, south of Athens, carrying 2,000 tons of food and medical supplies the vessel's agents said.
Organizers said aid included sacks of rice and sugar, as well as corn oil and olive paste, all mostly donated from Greek companies and charities. The aid was loaded into the hull of the 25-years old vessel by crane.
It comes over a month after Israel raided Gaza-bound aid ships, killing eight Turks and a Turkish-American on May 31.
Last month's Turkish-led flotilla, which included three cargo ships and three passenger ships, was trying to draw attention to Israel's three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. The boats were carrying items such as electric-powered wheelchairs, prefabricated homes and water purifiers.