Israel stops Al-Awda aid ship attempting to break Gaza blockade

31 July, 2018, 22:51 | Author: Angel Logan
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It has led to a catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The organisers of the voyage, called Break the Siege committee, condemned in a statement Israel's interception, demanding that the governments of the people on board take immediate action.

Four boats left Scandinavia in mid-May and have since stopped in 28 ports throughout Europe to garner support for the Palestinians in Gaza.

Palestinian militants have in recent weeks fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza and have opened fire at Israeli troops across the border, killing one soldier and drawing fatal Israeli air and tank strikes.

Passengers, he said, included journalists, activists and at least one lawmaker.

Other recognized individuals include Spanish Jewish activist Zohar Shamir Chamberlain and activist for indigenous Canadians, Heather Milton-Lightening.

A second boat that is part of the same group, the Swedish-flagged Freedom, is expected to arrive in the same area in the next couple days, according to the FFC.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said that as such the blockade of Gaza should come to an end and the freedom of movement for all Palestinians must be restored.

"Mike is also very aware that what was done to him over the last 24 hours is the daily reality for the almost two million citizens of Gaza, imprisoned as a people" said Hehir. Some have argued it is on the verge of collapse. An hour later, the IDF Spokesman's Unit said in a statement that both flotilla ships had been boarded and were being escorted to Ashdod.

Then, as today, Navy officials said that the maritime blockade is legal and stressed that naval officers had warned the protesters "several times to change course" before boarding.

Other attempts to run the Israeli blockade included a 2016 women's boat with 13 passengers including Nobel Peace Prize victor Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland. After seizing the boat, on both occasions, the IDF provided treatment to those requiring help. Another activist died years later.

Back in late May 2010, an Israeli raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, comprising six civilian ships, killed 10 Turkish activists in high seas and sent the Ankara-Tel Aviv ties into a tailspin.

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