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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…

Aid flotilla sets sail for Gaza

A flotilla of ships carrying activists and aid for the blockaded Gaza Strip finally steamed south from Cyprus Sunday, heading for a fleet of Israeli naval vessels determined to stop them. The ships, carrying more than 700 passengers, are on the last leg of a high-profile mission to deliver tonnes…

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