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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #908, July 6, 2018: No Medical Treatment for Wounded : Ship fired at

Publication date : 2018-07-06

Organisers of the voyage, called Break the Siege committee told Al Jazeera the captured boat went as far as 14 nautical miles (26 km) when Israeli forces started shooting towards the vessel. "We're surrounded by Israeli warships to the left, the right, to our front and from behind. We're stuck in the middle," an activist on the flotilla told reporters.

Although hundreds of people boarded more than 30 fishing boats in support of the main vessel, they did not cross the six-nautical-mile (11 km ) permitted boundary, Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organisers of the voyage, told Al Jazeera. Israeli naval forces have intercepted a Palestinian vessel hours after it sailed off the coast of the besieged Gaza strip.

No Medical Treatment for Wounded : Ship fired at

Organisers of the voyage, called Break the Siege committee told Al Jazeera the captured boat went as far as 14 nautical miles (26 km) when Israeli forces started shooting towards the vessel. "We're surrounded by Israeli warships to the left, the right, to our front and from behind. We're stuck in the middle," an activist on the flotilla told reporters.

Although hundreds of people boarded more than 30 fishing boats in support of the main vessel, they did not cross the six-nautical-mile (11 km ) permitted boundary, Ramadan al-Hayek, one of the organisers of the voyage, told Al Jazeera. Israeli naval forces have intercepted a Palestinian vessel hours after it sailed off the coast of the besieged Gaza strip.

The boat, carrying patients, students and people wounded in recent mass protests, was transferred on Tuesday to the Israeli port of Ashdod, according to the Israeli army. The 17 people on board were attempting to break an Israeli-imposed siege for the first time in more than a decade, and had set off with the intention of reaching Limassol, a coastal city in southern Cyprus. The intercepted boat had crossed 14 nautical miles (26km) before four Israeli warships flanked the vessel. They lost contact with those on board shortly after that.

Passengers had valid passports, with the wounded having made arrangements to receive medical treatment in Turkey prior to leaving Gaza's seaport. According to al-Hayek, 17 people were detained by Israeli forces in Ashdod. Committee members said they were working with international agencies, including Human Rights Watch and The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to ensure the wellbeing of the boat's passengers and to hold Israel responsible for their safety. Al-Hayek also said the committee would soon announce the launching of a second boat in response to Israel's actions.

The Israeli military blamed Hamas , the party governing the Gaza Strip, for the naval "breach". In a series of posts on Twitter, it said the Palestinians will be returned to Gaza and warned the move would only "harm" residents of the strip. It also said Israel would continue to enforce the blockade.

Adapted from https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/israel-intercepts-g

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