Lebanese Ship May Delay Departure For Gaza

BEIRUT -- The organizers of a Lebanese ship hoping to break Israel's Gaza blockade say they are considering a new route to the Palestinian territory after Cyprus refused to allow the ship entry.

The ship -- the Mariam -- cannot travel directly to Gaza because Lebanon is technically at war with Israel, forcing the vessel to pass through a third country before heading for the seaside strip.

Organizers said Saturday they have contacted authorities in Greece and Turkey since Cyprus refused them entry. The ship will carry aid and women activists, according to organizers.

Israel has urged Lebanon and the international community to prevent the vessel from sailing to Gaza. Israel's U.N. ambassador said her country reserves the right "to use all necessary means" to prevent the ship from breaking the blockade.