Ship Attempting to Break Maritime Closure Docks at Ashdod Port
5 June 2010
Moments ago the ship which was boarded earlier today by IDF naval forces docked at the Israeli port of Ashdod, after attempting to break the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip.
Nineteen people were onboard the boat, including eight crew members, all of whom will be transferred to the custody of the appropriate authorities in the Interior Ministry. The cargo found onboard will be transferred to the Gaza Strip following security inspection.
Earlier today, naval soldiers boarded the ship with the full compliance of the crew and without incident, and instructed the ship’s captain to sail to and dock at the Ashdod port.
Any organization or country wishing to transfer humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip can do so legally via the established crossings by coordinating with the relevant authorities, as is done on a near daily basis.