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10 Aid Workers Held Hostage on Greek Owned Ship

Two of the individuals are survivors of the Mavi Marmara incident last May; the situation arose from ship owner argument with agent.

Strofades IV
Strofades IV

(DERNA PORT, Libya) - "Strofades IV" has broken its moorings, without port permission, and is heading out of Derna Harbour.

The rear door of the ship is half closed, with convoy vehicle B7 stuck on it precariously. It is extremely dangerous.

In the lower deck of the Ro-Ro (rollon rolloff) ship are held hostage:

3 Libyans - (2 port authority policemen, with Colonel Salahuddin Rashin, Manager of Derna Port)
1 Moroccan
1 Algerian
2 Irish
6 UK nationals

The violent Greek owner who is also its captain of "Strofades IV" has just disembarked (as at 22.50 GMT) through a side door of the ship, onto a speed boat. His speed boat has made for another cargo vessel in Derna the harbour - "Odin Finder".

None of our guys now know who is in charge of Strofades IV, or where it is destined to go.

The ship is empty, apart from the hostages and single convoy vehicle jammed in the doorway. It is making rapid headway to get out to sea.

The matter is a serious breach of every maritime law possible.

We have asked all relevant Embassies to supply urgent, immediate, consular assistance.

We are EXTREMELY concerned for the safety of all the nationals on board.

Previous reports on the Road to Hope Convoy:

Nov-10-2010: Greek Ship Captain Threatens to Leave the Gaza Road to Hope Convoy - Bonnie King

Nov-03-2010: In Limbo in Libya: Gaza Road to Hope Convoy Urges Contact with Egyptian Embassies - Tim King

Nov-01-2010: Road to Hope (R2H) Convoy in Positive Dialogue with Egyptian Officials -

Oct-30-2010: Road to Hope Convoy Stalled at Egyptian Border -

Oct-29-2010: Egypt Working with Road to Hope Convoy: Group Still Enroute to Gaza - Tim King

Oct-26-2010: Road to Hope Convoy with Ken O'Keefe Approaching Gaza - Tim King

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Randy Walles July 1, 2011 1:40 am (Pacific time)

Sandra, here is a full list of synonyms for the word 'kidnapping'. In real it wasn't kidnapping or something like this!

shakinnabi November 11, 2010 5:05 am (Pacific time)

how words can describe the actions of these hjjackers.MAY ALLAH BE WITH ALL THE CONVOY MEMBERS.AMEEEN

via facebook November 11, 2010 9:03 am (Pacific time)

Ship now in international waters, beyond Libyan control. Relevant governments liaising on safe rescue plan for kidnapped 10 Convoyers and 3 Libyans aboard. Ship owner attempting to extort money, still. However, $75,000 of donations has been reclaimed and is safe. Contact with 10 convoyers stopped; too far out at sea. Still critical.

Sandra November 11, 2010 8:23 am (Pacific time)

So this is NOT a kidnapping. How irresponsible to report it though. I hope they get their reposession issues paid up.

EDITOR:  Definition of  Kidnap: "The crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by force or Fraudor seizing and detaining a person against his or her will"  

qayyum btv November 10, 2010 9:59 pm (Pacific time)

i need a joob and camraman my cal number is 03002143998 p1kistan

Editor: Do you have experience?  If so I can suggest a couple of leads for you.  

Jeff Christen-Mitchell November 10, 2010 5:51 pm (Pacific time)

- Ken O'Keefe is reporting this incident on facebook - As one of the ten

Tim King: Jeff, thanks so much and my apologies if the site cut your comment short; Ken's facebook page is

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