Israel Seizes Aid Ship to Gaza
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
The Israeli navy has seized a boat carrying 20 peace activists trying to deliver food, medicine and school supplies to the Gaza Strip. The trip was carried out by the Free Gaza Movement in defiance of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, in place since Hamas took control of the area in 2007. Among the passengers were Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney.
Israeli forces have boarded a ship trying to carry aid and pro-Palestinian activists to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s blockade of the territory.
The 20 passengers include former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire.
Ms McKinney described it as “an outrageous violation of international law”, as the boat was on a humanitarian mission and was not in Israeli waters.
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The ship had set sail for Gaza from the Cypriot port of Larnaca on Monday.