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Israel intercepts ship in pro-Palestinian flotilla bound for Gaza

Israel intercepts ship in pro-Palestinian flotilla bound for Gaza

A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists protesting Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip was boarded by Israeli naval commandos, who took command of the vessel. According to a statement from Israel's military early Monday, the navy contacted the boat while it was in international waters and advised it several times to change course to avoid breaching the blockade. The captain refused and Israel's navy boarded the Swedish-registered Marianne of Gothenburg to search it before escorting it to the port of Ashdod. According to the military, there was no need to use force. In Ashdod the activists will probably be deported, as Israeli officials have warned. The incident...

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