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The Israeli navy is preparing to stop a Gaza-bound Libyan aid ship, demanding it dock in Egypt instead. However, the captain of the vessel has rejected the demand, saying it is going to Gaza, and nowhere else.
An Israeli military spokeswoman says the ship has not been boarded. Thisset a course for a new confrontation over Israel's naval blockade. It comes 6 weeks after Israel's interception of a Turkish aid ship, which tried to reach the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory. Most of Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians depend on UN aid handouts. Hamas, says Israel sees value to the ship beyond the cargo, which would be breaking the siege on Gaza and opening a sea lane.
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