- Title: Israeli navy escorts women's Gaza yacht to Ashdod
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: ASHDOD, ISRAEL (OCTOBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF THE ZAYTOUNA-OLIVIA YACHT UNDER MILITARY ESCORT SAILING INTO ASHDOD PORT VARIOUS OF NAVAL BOATS IN PORT VARIOUS OF ASHDOD PORT
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 01:29
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians boat Gaza Zaytouna-Olivia
- Location: ASHDOD, ISRAEL
- City: ASHDOD, ISRAEL
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00152QEATJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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The Israeli navy, which maintains a maritime blockade in the Mediterranean off the Gaza Strip to prevent munitions being smuggled in, stopped a yacht on Wednesday (October 5) sailed by a dozen women hoping to reach Gaza and was towing it to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the military said.
Male and female forces boarded the "Zaytouna-Olivia," a small yacht which set sail from Barcelona last month. A military spokeswoman said no force was required to stop the vessel.
Israel has stopped previous attempts to sail to Gaza and most people on board boats were deported after brief questioning.
"In accordance with international law, the Israeli navy advised the vessel numerous times to change course prior to the action. Following their refusal, the navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip," a military statement said.
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