Israel Vows to Block Aid Fleet for Gaza

    One of the three Free Gaza Movement cargo ships that will sail to Gaza. Photo by: Free Gaza Movement / CC BY-SA 2.0 Free Gaza MovementCC BY-SA 2.0

    Israel will stop the fleet of aid-loaded ships heading to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said.

    “Israel has no intention of allowing the flotilla to enter Gaza,” Noar Gilon, an Israeli foreign ministry deputy director, said in a statement seen by Agence France-Presse.

    The three cargo and five passenger ships are part of an effort by the international group Free Gaza Movement to bring humanitarian supplies as well as activists into the Gaza Strip, despite Israel’s naval blockade.

    “This is a provocation and a breach of Israeli law,” Gilon reportedly told diplomats of Ireland, Greece, Sweden and Turkey, whose nationals the foreign ministry said were involved in the effort.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.