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News, November 2011
Israeli Occupation Navy Board Gaza Bound Aid Ships, Tow them to Isdood
[ 04/11/2011 - 09:55 PM ]
NAZARETH, GAZA, (PIC)--
Israeli occupation navy boats intercepted two Gaza bound aid vessels, the Irish Hurreyah and the Canadian Tahrir ships which were attempting to break a five year long blockade against the Gaza Strip. Occupation officers boarded the ships and towed them to Isdood (Israelis call it Ashdod, but it was part of the Palestinian state, according to the UN 1947 Partition Resolution).
A statement by the Israeli occupation navy said that naval officers boarded the two ships which were on their way to break the maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip and “which is conforms with international law,” according to the statement.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that intercepting the ships constitutes a continuation of Israeli piracy and muscle flexing against anyone who tries to break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. "The siege on Gaza is a crime against humanity. It is the right of anyone to come to Gaza by land, sea or air. The assault on siege-busting ship is an assault on humanity."
The two ships were carrying medicines and human rights activists from a number of countries. They left the Fatheyya port in south west Turkey on Wednesday afternoon. They were expected to reach the Gaza Strip on Friday.
The organisers “Freedom Waves” said in a statement that there were 27 people on both ships, including journalists and crews and medicines worth 30,000 US dollars.
Amjad al-Shawwa, coordinator of the international campaign to end the siege on Gaza, said that contact with the ships was lost on Friday afternoon while the ships were 35 miles from Gaza, at the time when Israeli naval boats surrounded them.
Israel Interrogates Four Activists Of Solidarity Ships
Israel sources reported that officials from the Israeli occupation
government interrogated four activists who were on board of the Irish
and the Canadian ships (Freedom Waves) that were intercepted by the
army, on Friday, while on their way to deliver humanitarian supplies to
the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Navy Intercepts Aid Ships; Detains Passengers
Two Gaza-bound aid ships were intercepted by the Israeli occupation
navy Friday morning and towed to an Israeli port, where the passengers
were detained by Israeli occupation security forces.
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