Israeli Military Boards Gaza Boats


The Israeli military boarded on Friday two vessels bound for the Gaza Strip, activists and army officials said.

The Tahrir, a yacht crewed by Canadian activists, was being boarded about 35 kilometers north of the Gaza Strip, activists on board announced Friday afternoon. Contact with the boat ended shortly thereafter.

“We have lost contact with the Tahrir and the Saoirse and are hoping for the best, but we fear the worst,” organizer Dylan Penner said in a statement.

The navy boarded the ships “after all attempts to prevent them from breaking the maritime security blockade failed,” said Avital Leibovich, an Israeli army spokeswoman, on Twitter.

She said the boats would be taken to Ashdod port and the crew transferred to police.


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