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Reporting from Jerusalem — — Israeli naval ships seized control of a protest flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least 10 people and sparking widespread international condemnation.
Text size An activist holding a knife aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship on May 31, 2010. Photo by Provided by IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Hamas marine security take to the waters off Gaza City port on May 28 ahead of the expected flotilla.
Written by Free Gaza team | 28 May 2010 Posted in News
Naval vessels were expected to confront the flotilla of cargo and passenger ships later today with the intention of diverting it to the Israeli port of Ashdod and away from its intended destination of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The flotilla is the largest attempt yet to circumvent the three-year-old Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. While the Israeli authorities have indicated they want to minimise the risk of violence, Israeli media reported yesterday that they are prepared to take over the vessels by force if they ignore warnings not to cross from international waters into a 20 mile exclusion zone enforced by Israel along Gaza's coast.
29 May 2010 Last updated at 11:56 ET By Jon Donnison BBC News, Gaza City
By JOSHUA MITNICK TEL AVIV—At least nine pro-Palestinian activists died when Israeli commandos boarded a ship headed to the blockaded Gaza Strip early Monday, plunging Israel into a diplomatic crisis that could obstruct action on the most pressing issues in the Mideast, from U.S.-backed peace talks to sanctions against Iran.