Israel navy boards protest boats

Fri, Nov 4, 2011, 00:00

Israeli forces have boarded two protest boats - including the Irish MV Saoirse - that were trying to break its naval blockade of Gaza, the military said.

The military said in a statement that the Irish MV Saoirse and Canadian-registered Tahrir, which had 27 people on board between them, were being taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The boats were “attempting to break the maritime security blockade that is in place in accordance with international law”. The military said the takeover was peaceful and there were no injuries.

The navy began monitoring the ships as they left the Turkish port of Fethiye on Wednesday after Turkish authorities gave them permission to sail to the Greek island of Rhodes. Israeli navy ships carrying members of the elite Shayetet 13, Israel’s navy seals, left port yesterday to intercept the two boats.

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