Israeli warships have stopped a Lebanese ship carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, about 20 miles off the territory's coast.
The ship carrying 60 tons of medicine, food, toys and books, was intercepted as it sailed towards Gaza from Cyprus on Wednesday afternoon, said the Lebanese aid coordinator, Maan Bashur.
"The Brotherhood Ship was fired on by an Israeli military boat 32 kilometers off the coast of Gaza and they were asked to divert course," said Bashour, adding that it remains in the water near the coast of Gaza, Haaretz reported.
The ship with nine people onboard left the port city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon early on Tuesday. It was organized by the Palestinian National Committee in cooperation with Free Gaza Movement.
Earlier in January, another ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza was halted by the Israeli navy and forced to board in the southern Lebanese port of Tyre.
Gaza has been under a tight blockade for at least 19 months since Hamas took power in June 2007.