Israel stops French boat near Gaza Strip

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PressTV -Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:5AM

At least three Israeli military ships have surrounded a small French boat as it approached the Gaza Strip to break Israel’s blockade of the Palestinian coastal sliver.

“The boat is surrounded by at least three Israeli ships and since 9:06 a.m. local time (0706 GMT) all the communications have been jammed. We can’t get in touch with them by phone or by Internet,” Julien Rivoire, an organizer for the pro-Palestinian voyage, told AFP on Tuesday.

More than 300 activists from 22 countries have signed up to participate in Freedom Flotilla II.

Members of the flotilla say the Greek government is blocking the humanitarian convoy on behalf of the Israeli regime.

Greece has recently expanded its ties with Israel, as the two sides are currently holding preliminary talks on potential energy deals.

The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard the Turkish-flagged MV Mavi Marmara, and injuring about 50 other activists that were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

The Tel Aviv regime has ordered the Israeli navy to use all possible means to prevent the incoming international aid flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip, but the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II organizers insist that they will push ahead with their aid mission.



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