Iran Offers To Escort Gaza Aid Flotillas

(NewsCore) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards are willing to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a spokesman for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency Mehr on Sunday.

"Iran's navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, reportedly said.

The move came just a day after Turkey's prime minister was reportedly considering joining an aid flotilla and offering the support of the Turkish Navy to protect future missions from Israeli interference.

The presence of a naval force from either country would likely be seen by Israel as a highly provocative move. The Jewish state claims it has a right under international law to intercept ships attempting to break the blockade it imposes on Gaza.

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