The Israeli Navy have seized a Gaza bound flotilla that was being sailed by Pro-Palestinian activists.
Activists say that the Marianne was intercepted when it was around 100 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza, the vessel has been redirected to the Israeli city of Ashdod. The Marianne is believed to be the lead of a group of four boats.
— Freedom Flotilla (@GazaFFlotilla) June 29, 2015
In a statement released on Monday the Israeli military said it did not use force when redirecting the boat to Ashdod.
The activists say that they wanted to draw attention to the blockade, which the Israeli government claim is a legitimate security measure.
Petros Stergiou, a spokesperson for the flotilla, told Al Jazeera about what happened:
“What we learned is that the Israeli navy attacked the Marianne around 100 nautical miles from the shore of Gaza,” Stergiou said.
“They said they could see three military boats approaching them that had identified themselves as being military.
“Once again, the Israeli government and its military has acted like state pirates and attacked our boat in international waters.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the Israeli navy for their actions.
“This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organisation and ignores all of the horrors in our region,” Netanyahu said.
By Fiona Carty