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Israel reaches deal on Gaza ship

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Israel says it believes it has reached a diplomatic agreement that will stop an aid ship trying to break the Gaza blockade.

The Moldovan-flagged ship, chartered by a charity run by one of Libyan leader Colonel Ghadaffi’s sons was loaded in a Greek port.

After intense negotiations with Moldova, Greece and Egypt, it is thought the Amalthea will now head for Egypt.

Its cargo, according to the Ghadaffi Foundation, comprises 2,000 tonnes of food and medical supplies destined for Palestinians in Gaza. It was due to leave port at 7 pm local time.

In May, Israeli marines stormed a Turkish-flagged aid ship trying to run the blockade.

In all, nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in an operation that provoked huge protests worldwide.