The Israeli political and security cabinet ordered the army Sunday to forbid the freedom flotilla II from reaching Gaza Strip.
The cabinet held an extraordinary meeting as the Gaza-bound flotilla’s departure from European ports was approaching, the Israeli radio said.
The cabinet gave its instructions to the military authorities to ban any ship within the flotilla from reaching Gaza, which has been under the Israeli siege for over four years.
The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was debriefed by senior navy officers about the situation off Gaza.
The freedom flotilla II is set to sail next Tuesday.
The Israeli army said its naval forces were on standby to prevent any ship from breaking the siege.