Israel seizes Swedish activist ship en route to besieged Gaza

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least 220 others at protests along the Gaza border on Friday, Gaza health officials said, as diplomats sought to secure a durable ceasefire deal.

Israel's navy Saturday seized a Swedish-flagged sailboat carrying activist passengers that was trying to breach the long-standing blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Aruri, who lives in Lebanon and has never before visited Gaza as he is wanted by Israel, was given Egyptian and United Nations assurances over his safety, the Hamas source said.

On Friday Ezzat al-Rishaq, a member of the Hamas political office, told protesters along the border they were "committed to calm". They then fled back to the Gaza Strip, and in response, an IDF tank attacked a position belonging to the Hamas.

At least 156 Palestinians have been killed since March 30, when Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began holding nearly daily protests near the buffer zone. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

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Gaza's National Committee confirmed that the activists' deportation comes two days after they were detained following an attack by Israeli naval forces on the ship in global waters.

Abdul-Latif Qanou, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a statement that the marches have become very close to achieving its goals. The military said its soldiers sustained no casualties in the incident.

Al-Akhbar said the deal calls on Hamas to pledge "the end of provocations along the border, or in other words, the phenomena of the flaming kites and balloons, border crossing operations and setting fire to border posts". Along with 21 other global participants on board the Norwegian-flagged Al Awda (The Return), Commodore was brutally attacked and kidnapped by Israeli forces in worldwide waters, last Sunday, and unlawfully detained for four days, in Israel.

The 12 activists on-board the "Freedom for Gaza" boat were attempting to bring urgently needed medical supplies to Gaza, when the vessel was intercepted by the Israeli navy in global waters.

Since 2008, activists from all over the world have sailed 31 boats in attempts to challenge the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza.

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