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Women’s Boat to Gaza Seized by Israeli Military

HeadlineOct 06, 2016

A flotilla bound for Gaza carrying food, medicine and other humanitarian aid was intercepted and seized by the Israeli Navy Wednesday. The Women’s Boat to Gaza had set sail from the Spanish port city of Barcelona in mid-September in efforts to break the ongoing Israeli blockade. Organizers say the Israeli military seized the boat and detained the 13 human rights activists aboard in international waters about 40 miles away from Gaza’s port. Organizers are now calling for the release of both the activists and the boat, and an end to the ongoing blockade. Within hours of the boat’s seizure, Israel also launched airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, which Israel says was in retaliation for a rocket launched from Gaza.

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