Sunday Oct 21, 201210:36 AM GMT
Israeli regime defends seizure of Gaza-bound ship Estelle
The pro-Palestine ship Estelle (file photo)
The pro-Palestine ship Estelle (file photo)
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:37AM
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The Israeli regime has defended its interception of a humanitarian aid ship attempting to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military claimed in a statement on Saturday that the interception of the Finnish-flagged ship Estelle was in accordance with international law.

On Saturday, Israeli forces intercepted the vessel and escorted it to the port of Ashdod.

Five European lawmakers and a former Canadian parliamentarian were among the passengers of the ship.

Rights activists say the Israeli interception was an act of piracy.

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli forces attacked the Gaza-bound humanitarian Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard Turkey’s Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of the six-ship convoy.

Also in November 2011, a Canadian and an Irish yacht were prevented by Israeli forces in international waters to transport pro-Palestinian activists and medical supplies to Gaza.

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