PUTRAJAYA, July 30 (NNN-NST) The Malaysian Foreign Ministry is keeping a close watch on the recent interception of the Al-Awda vessel by the Israeli authorities on Sunday.
It said, through the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo, Malaysia also worked closely with the Palestinian authorities to facilitate the release of those on board including Malaysian Dr. Mohd Afandi Salleh who was on the vessel which was carrying medical supplies for the Palestinians in Gaza.
The vessel, with 22 people comprising various nationalities on board, is part of a peaceful mission under the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, said the ministry in a statement.
It added Malaysia was deeply concerned with the safety of all activists on the vessel including Dr. Mohd Afandi from the Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare).
Malaysia demands that Israeli authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of those on board the vessel and calls for their immediate release, it said.
MyCare chief executive officer Kamarul Zaman Shaharul Anwar reportedly said communications with the vessel were lost about 1.15pm local time (7.15pm Malaysia).
He said the matter was confirmed by the Just Future for Palestine (JFP) monitoring centre, which also failed to contact the Al-Awda.
The Israeli navy was quoted as saying that it had stopped a ship of activists trying to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The Al-Awda ship was said to have been rerouted to the nearby city of Ashdod.
The navy was said to have told the passengers that they were violating the legal naval blockade, and that if they had humanitarian aid to deliver, there were other ways to get it to Gaza. NNN-NST
Source: NAM News Network