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A ship commissioned by a Libyan charity organization is preparing to set sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip. The Hamas controlled territory remains under a partial blockade by Israel.
The Moldova-flagged cargo ship, Amalthea, is expected to leave on Saturday from the port of Lavrio, south of Athens. The Amalthea will carry food aid including sacks of rice and sugar, corn oil and olive paste, which has mostly been donated by Greek companies and charities.
In addition to 15 volunteers, the ship has a crew of 12 people, from Cuba, Haiti, India, and Syria. Israel has requested that the UN exerts pressure on Libya to prevent the ship from leaving for Gaza.