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Friday, November 4, 2011

Israel to Gaza-bound aid ships: Turn back - 4th Nov 2011

The Israeli military says it advised two aid ships headed to the Palestinian territory of Gaza to turn back, but asserted that the activists on board the "Freedom Waves" mini-flotilla were refusing to cooperate.

At the same time, the activists said the boats are "surrounded by Israeli warships."

"A short while ago initial contact (was) made between the Israeli navy and the vessels which are sailing towards the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Friday.

"The Israeli navy notified the vessels that the area they are en route off the coast of Gaza is under a maritime security blockade. In accordance with Israeli law.

"The navy advised the vessels that they may turn back at any point therefore not breaking the maritime security blockade or sailing to a port in Egypt or Ashdod (in Israel). The activists refused to co-operate with the Israeli navy. After being presented with the legal channels available to them the vessels are continuing to an area under a maritime security blockade." Read More