19 July 2011 Last updated at 12
Israeli commandos draw alongside and board the
Israeli commandos have intercepted and boarded a boat trying to breach
An anti-blockade protest group said the boat had been in international waters.
Maxime Guimberteau from A French Boat for
Responding to the news that Israeli commandos had boarded the boat, another French-based group, Platform
“Upon expressing their unwillingness to arrive at the
The Hamas government in
An Israeli Defence Force statement said the Dignite-al Karama had been boarded "after all diplomatic channels had been exhausted and continuous calls to the vessel had been ignored".
It said the navy had started a dialogue with the activists five hours earlier.
"Upon expressing their unwillingness to arrive at the
"The soldiers operated in line with procedures and took every precaution necessary... [to] avoid causing harm to the activists on board while ensuring the safety of the soldiers."
Hours later, the ship entered the port city of
Israeli officials said those on board would be turned over to the Israel police, the immigration authority and the interior ministry at
The Dignite-al Karama is part of Freedom Flotilla II, which has been trying to deliver humanitarian aid to
In an earlier statement, the Israeli military said the aid could be delivered through existing land crossings without breaching the blockade.
In 2010, nine Turkish activists were killed when Israeli commandos boarded the lead ship of the first Freedom Flotilla, causing an international outcry.
As a result,
However, relations between
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he was considering visiting the
He told reporters he would like to cross to
Although the Islamist group won Palestinian legislative elections in January 2006, it refuses to recognise
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