|Iran to send aid ships to Gaza|
Iranian news media reported on Tuesday that four tonnes of humanitarian aid, including food, medicine and clothing would be sent to Gaza within coming days.
"This ship will pass through territorial waters of Oman, Yemen and Egypt before it reaches Gaza. It is said that the ship contains only humanitarian aid and there are no peace activists on board," Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the official Irna news agency cited Mohammad Ali Nouraee, an Iranian aid official, as saying one cargo will be sent to Turkey, and then shipped to Gaza from Istanbul while the other will leave from the port of Khorramshahr.
Nouraee said that the ships would sail without protective security because the Iranians "do not want to fight".
His comments came after General Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied a report on Monday that its naval forces would escort the Iranian ships, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
He said the Red Crescent has called for Iranian volunteers to act as relief workers and accompany the vessels.
"Volunteers who want to go to Gaza and help the people of the occupied Palestine can register through the Red Crescent website," he said.