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Israel Attacks All-Women Solidarity Flotilla to Gaza

  • The Women's Boat to Gaza was intercepted by Israeli forces.

    The Women's Boat to Gaza was intercepted by Israeli forces. | Photo: Twitter / @sahbekemo

Published 5 October 2016

Supporters of the flotilla are calling on supporters to demand the activists’ release.

Setting sail from Barcelona, Spain nearly a month ago, the all-women solidarity flotilla to Gaza – known as Zaytouna – was intercepted by Israeli naval forces Wednesday.

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The solidarity activists released SOS video messages after crew members were detained by Israeli forces before they reached Israel's unilaterally declared buffer zone – also known as the "military exclusion zone" – and transported to the shores of Gaza.

Later Wednesday, supporters released a statement calling on “governments, public officials and people of conscience to support publicly the right of unimpeded passage for peaceful civilian navigation, and the physical integrity of the crew and participants on board, and to support full freedom of movement for all peoples, in particular the Palestinians of Gaza.”

The group posted a video on Twitter of Israeli naval forces leaving the region’s Ashdod port to intercept the ship. Shortly after, they released another statement claiming that the ship was under attack.

Issam Yusif, head of the world popular committee for the support of the Gaza Strip, said in an August statement that the initiative would help highlight the Palestinian struggle for freedom and bring awareness to the everyday Israeli violations of international law.

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Gaza was also met with a volley of attacks from Israeli occupation forces the same day, the military confirmed. The Israeli military spokesperson said planes hit “a number of terror infrastructure(s) belonging to the terror group Hamas in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.”

Israeli officials say the latest attacks is a response to a single rocket fired from Gaza, hitting the town of Sderot earlier in the day, and that they hold Hamas responsible.

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