Israel stops Al-Awda aid ship attempting to break Gaza blockade

Posted August 01, 2018

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from Ashdod, said the Israeli army confirmed intercepting a boat that departed from Europe in order to "violate the legal naval blockade that is imposed on the Gaza Strip".

Thew boat was raided by the Israelis on Monday morning, Hehir said.

Meadors was a signalman on the bridge of the USS Liberty, a surveillance vessel operating in worldwide waters of the Mediterranean Sea near Gaza during the 1967 Six-Day Arab-Israreli war when it was attacked by Israeli war planes and submarines, killing 34 USA sailors.

Freedom Flotilla Coalition had organised a two-ship flotilla to break an 11-year Israeli blockade on the Palestinian territory.

Those on board the ships include Prof.

The ships, which carry such names as "Return", "Freedom, ' and 'Palestine" have taken about two months to reach anywhere close to the coast of the enclave.

He pre-recorded this urgent SOS message in case of being hijacked by Israeli forces. They were then detained by the Israeli naval forces and held at Givon prison in Ashdod. "So much for freedom and democracy in Israel".

In the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Jewish state is yet to comment.

However, the expert said, this situation of repetition of limited confrontations may lead them to a decisive stage that will in the end require either a strong truce deal or a large-scale military action.

Norway has asked Israel to explain the legal grounds for detaining a Norwegian-flagged fishing boat seized while activists tried to sail with aid to the Gaza Strip, Norway's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Israel allows only a small amount of goods to enter the Strip and bans most exports.

Egypt, too, has kept its Gaza border crossing largely closed during several years of sour relations with the Islamist group ruling Gaza.

Other attempts to run the Israeli blockade included a 2016 women's boat with 13 passengers including Nobel Peace Prize victor Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland.

Hamza Abu Shanab, another political observer and writer from Gaza, believes that the field behavior of both sides has become the main determinant in escalating or decreasing tension.

Palestinian militants have in recent weeks fired hundreds of rockets into Israel from Gaza and have opened fire at Israeli troops across the border, killing one soldier and drawing fatal Israeli air and tank strikes.