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Israel intercepts boat seeking to break Gaza blockade

Palestinians show their solidarity with a Gaza-bound flotilla of international activists attempting to break the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, on October 5, 2016 at the port in Gaza CityIsrael on Wednesday intercepted a boat carrying women activists seeking to break the country’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying it was boarded without incident and being taken ashore. The navy said it had redirected the sailboat in order to prevent a “breach of the lawful maritime blockade” of the Palestinian enclave “in accordance with government directives and after exhausting all diplomatic channels”. Dubbed “Women’s Boat to Gaza”, it is part of the wider Freedom Flotilla Coalition that consists of pro-Palestinian boats that regularly seek to go to Gaza to try to break the blockade.

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