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TEL AVIV – Israel’s navy on Sunday intercepted the Al Adwa vessel that was attempting to breach the country’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, organizers of the Freedom Flotilla said.
“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on the Norwegian Government, the national governments of those aboard Al Awda and the Freedom [Flotilla], other national governments, and relevant international organizations to act immediately,” said Torstein Dahle of Ship to Gaza Norway, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
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“The international community must assume its responsibilities and demand that Israeli authorities ensure the safety of those on board, the speedy delivery of our gifts to the Palestinian people in Gaza, an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza, and to stop impeding our legal right of innocent passage to Gaza to deliver our gift of much-needed medical supplies,” he demanded.
The Freedom organizers said that the ship was “hijacked by Israeli forces” and added that it contained 13,000 euros worth of medical supplies bound for the Gaza Strip on board.
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However, according to another report by Iran’s Press TV UK, there wasn’t much aid on board to begin with.
“There is also some medical aid on board, although the amount of medical aid is merely a gesture,” Press TV’s Richard Sudan said. “We’re talking just a few boxes.”
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The Israel Navy stopped the Al Awda, which is Arabic for “The Return,” less than 60 nautical miles from the Gazan coast. It was one of three vessels that took part in the Freedom Flotilla. The Al Adwa left Palermo, Sicily on July 21 under a Norwegian flag.
About 40 activists from 15 countries took part in the flotilla, including Israel.
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Far-left Israeli activist Yonatan Shapira joined the flotilla for what was his fourth attempt to breach the blockade.
Shapira was quoted by the Ynet news site as saying, “Our goal is to...
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