Israeli occupation navy hijacked on Sunday afternoon Al-Awda Boat, part of the Freedom Flotilla carrying medical aid to Gaza Strip, which has been under12-year-old Israeli siege.
“Freedom Flotilla boat carrying medical supplies for Gaza hijacked by Israeli forces,” International Coalition of Freedom Flotilla said.
The boat, carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies, was expected to reach Gaza Sunday evening but the Israel Navy hijacked it less than 60 nautical miles from the blockaded coastal enclave, activists on board said.
Norwegian flag was raised on the boat, which took off from Italy with 22 activists on board, including Israeli activist Yonatan Shapira who is on his fourth attempt to break the blockade from the sea.
Other activists came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK and the United States.
“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on the Norwegian Government, the national governments of those aboard Al Awda and the Freedom [Flotilla], other national governments, and relevant international organisations to act immediately,” said Torstein Dahle of Ship to Gaza Norway, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
“The international community must assume its responsibilities and demand that Israeli authorities ensure the safety of those on board, the speedy delivery of our gifts to the Palestinian people in Gaza, an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza and to stop impeding our legal right of innocent passage to Gaza to deliver our gift of much-needed medical supplies.”
#FreedomFlotilla boat carrying medical supplies for #Gaza hijacked by Israeli forces. Please contact your governments & demand #FreePassage #FreedomOfMovement for #AlAwda with her cargo of solidarity & hope for a Just Future for #Palestinehttps://t.co/Dv7lDa2nSZ #CountdowntoGaza pic.twitter.com/HlHhnKO7jy
— Freedom Flotilla (@GazaFFlotilla) July 29, 2018