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Palestinian Media: Israel stops Freedom Flotilla

Palestinian Media: Israel stops Freedom Flotilla

Freedom Flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli navy on Sunday afternoon approximately 70 from the Gaza Strip shore.

Unite's national secretary Gerard Hehir said the boats were in worldwide waters when they were detained and taken to the southern Israeli port of Ashod.

However, the recent developments in Gaza have ensured that Israel has tightened its blockade on the coastal enclave after imposing additional restrictions on the entry of goods, particularly raw and construction materials, which threatens an unprecedented escalation of the humanitarian crisis. It said in a statement the supplies are "a small but important contribution to the increasingly dire medical situation" in Gaza.

Israeli authorities yesterday released two Israeli activists on bail, identified as Yonathan Shapira and Zuhr Chamberlain, while 20 other activists from 15 different countries remain in custody.

In 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists when they raided a six-ship flotilla trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of the blockade.




The worldwide Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) is a grassroots people-to-people solidarity movement composed of campaigns and initiatives from all over the world working together to end the siege of Gaza.

IDF forces in the Binyamin area early Monday morning made sure one television station couldn't carry Hamas propaganda over the airwaves anymore as the Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians who operated the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds TV station. Muslim authorities said dozens of people were hurt by Israeli police stun grenades. It said the incident passed "without exceptional events" and that the ship is being taken to an Israeli port.

Their sailing boat was halted by the Israeli navy and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, about 30 kilometres north of Gaza and the women were detained before being deported. "So much for freedom and democracy in Israel".

It also prompted residents to set sail from the coast of Gaza in May in a bid to break Israel's imposed boundary. The territory has seen brutal wars by Israel over the past years, the last one having been in the summer of 2014, when more than 2,200 Palestinians - mostly civilians, and approximately one quarter children - were killed in Israeli raids. In the past, mechanical failures have affected previous flotilla attempts, with allegations Israel may have tampered with the ships.

The Green Party wants the government to demand a safe passage for the flotilla which has been intercepted by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza.

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