UNITED NATIONS – Israel urged Lebanon and the international community on Friday to prevent ships from sailing to Gaza from the Lebanese port of Tripoli to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory.
Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gabriela Shalev said in letters to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council that her country reserves the right under international law “to use all necessary means” to prevent the ships from violating the naval blockade.
Shalev said a group of individuals “with suspected ties to the Hezbollah terrorist organization” has announced that the vessel Mariam will depart from Tripoli on Sunday en route to Gaza via a port in Cyprus, possibly via Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus.
Israel’s U.N. spokeswoman said the organizers also are expected to send other vessels to try to break the blockade.