The Libyan-chartered, Moldovan-flagged freighter, Amalthea, is about 95 miles due north of Alexandria, traveling at 8.5 knots, on a course of about 106 degrees. It is about 250 miles from the Gaza shore. At course and speed, that should put it near the area where the Rachel Corrie was seized by the IDF last month in about 24 hours.
Antiwar.com's news wire reports:
A pair of Lebanese NGOs are already raising funds for a trip, which will carry a large number of journalists and even a few European MPs. A small Jewish group from Germany is also planning to send a small aid ship.
These are just the groups farthest along in their efforts, and other groups across the Muslim world and indeed, the world in general, are looking to challenge the long-standing blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel’s pledges to stop them all notwithstanding, they look to have an uphill battle in contending with so many aid groups, and so much international pressure.
Update - Tuesday - 10:00 a.m: The Amalthea is less than 100 miles from Gaza, but has recently changed course to a heading that aims for the Egyptian coast east od El Arish. The vessel is in constant contact with the IDF, but has not been boarded by the IDF patrol vessel now on the same course.
Here is Al Jazeera's report on Turkish reactions to yeasterday's IDF report on the Mavi Marmara incident: