Palestine: The Israeli navy seized a Swedish-flagged sailboat attempting to breach a blockade of the Gaza Strip

By: Middle East Affairs

On Saturday, the military said that the Israeli navy seized a Swedish-flagged sailboat attempting to breach a blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

A representative for the Israeli Immigration Authority said that the 12 passengers are for the most part from Sweden yet in addition from Germany, Britain, Spain, France and Canada. They are in guardianship and will be put on flights home.

A coordinator from a gathering named Ship to Gaza which organized the trip said: “The SY Freedom for Gaza was conveying essentially restorative supplies and two of its travelers were writers.”

The group said in an announcement: “Ship to Gaza requests that the individuals who have been taken prisoner and the ship and its payload are come back to the area where the ship was boarded and are permitted to proceed with their trip in universal and Palestinian waters untouched, as per international law.”

On the other hand, Israel says its maritime bar of Gaza is planned to keep weapons from reaching militant groups, including Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Palestinian enclave. Israel and the United States assign Hamas as a terrorist organization.

An Israeli military statement said: “The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) clarified to the ship’s travelers that they are disregarding the legitimate maritime bar and that any philanthropic stock can be exchanged to Gaza through the (Israeli) Port of Ashdod.”

In excess of two million Palestinians are stuffed into the Gaza Strip, which endures profound financial hardship.

Since 2008, U.N. and Egyptian-led efforts are in progress to intervene a long haul truce amongst Israel and Hamas who have battled three wars.

It should be noted that Hamas authorities had no quick remark on the ship’s seizure. Comparative endeavors by activists to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza have been thwarted previously.

The most serious such episode was in 2010, when Israeli commandos assaulted a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that was driving a flotilla to Gaza. Ten activists on board were murdered, prompting a noteworthy political emergency amongst Israel and Turkey.

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