Israel meddelade söndag eftermiddag att de stoppat
ett piratskepp på väg att bryta den internationella
sjöblockaden mot det Hamasockuperade Gaza.
Det gäller ett norskägt mindre fartyg som ägs av
den kommunistiska organisationen Ship to
Hamas. Ett liknande svenskägt fartyg kommer
inom kort att stoppas.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Navy intercepted a ship in the latest Gaza Freedom Flotilla attempting to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.
The motor vessel, named Al Awda, or The Return, was contacted Sunday afternoon by
Israel’s Navy about 49 nautical miles from the port at Gaza City in international waters
and warned to stop or prepare to be boarded, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said on its
The boat will be towed to the Ashdod port in southern Israel. The activists on board
will be questioned and deported.
Al Awda is sailing under a Norwegian flag, carrying 22 people and a cargo of
medical supplies, according to the website. There are people from 16 nations
on board, including human rights supporters, journalists and crew, along with
about $15,000 worth of medical supplies. The boat, a former fishing vessel from
Norway, is a gift to Palestinian fishers in Gaza, according to the website.
Four boats left Scandinavia in mid-May and have since stopped in 28 ports
throughout Europe to garner support for the Palestinians in Gaza. It last
stopped last week in Palermo, Italy, where the town’s mayor re-named a
section of the port in honor of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Two of the boats dropped out at Palermo.
The fourth boat, a Swedish-flagged yacht named Freedom, also is carrying
medical supplies and supporters from several countries. It is scheduled to
arrive in international waters near Gaza in about two days, according to
the Freedom Flotilla.
From 2008 through 2016, international activists have sailed 31 boats to challenge
the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.