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Israel navy intercepts flotilla ships off Gaza coast

The Israeli navy on Friday boarded two international ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists who were trying to break the blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, a military statement said. The Irish-flagged Saoirse (“Freedom”) and the Canadian ship Tahrir (Arabic for “Liberation”) were intercepted by naval commandos in international waters off the…

Biden: Israel right to intercept aid flotilla

Vice President Joe Biden, in a tv interview Wednesday, said that Israel had the right to stop an aid flotilla en route to Gaza that was intercepted by Israeli forces and resulted in the deaths of several activists. Haaretz, the Israeli daily, noted that Biden didn’t “go so far as…

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