A Libyan chartered ship carrying aid for Palestinians has set a new course for Egypt after been warned off by the Israeli navy.
The Moldovan-flagged Almathea is said to be heading to the port of El Arish.
Egyptian government officials say the authorities plan to transfer its declared haul of 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine overland to neighbouring Gaza.
The mission has been organised by a charity chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al Islam Gaddafi.
The aid ship set sail from Greece on Saturday and was due to reach Gaza today (Wednesday). Rerouting to El Arish would still require the ship to skirt around the Gaza Strip.
For the past three years Israel has been enforcing an economic blockade on Gaza – only allowing in limited humanitarian aid.
Six weeks ago nine Turkish activists were killed when Israeli commandos boarded another ship bound for Gaza whose Islamist Hamas rulers Israel is attempting to isolate – citing arms shipment fears.