IDF confirms Israel Navy turned back Iran 'aid ship' headed for Gaza
Iran Radio: Ship carrying 200 tons of humanitarian supplies; Egypt prevents ship from unloading in el-Arish.
The Israel Navy late Tuesday night turned away an Iranian ship that was attempting to dock in Gaza, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
The ship was carrying 200 tons of food and medical supplies, according to Iran Radio.
After being turned back by the Israel Navy, the ship then tried to unload the supplies in the nearby Egyptian port of el-Arish, but was prevented from doing so by the Egyptian Navy.
On Tuesday, Iran Radio reported that the Israel Navy had blocked the ship's passage. According to the report, the ship departed from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas 13 days ago.
On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said an Iranian ship had passed through the Suez Canal. On Tuesday, Iran Radio aired an interview with Ahmed Nabad, said to be the ship's captain, who claimed the ship had neared the coast of Gaza but "the Zionist regime is blocking its entry."