Israel intercepts activist boat en route to Gaza

  • Israel intercepts activist boat en route to Gaza

Israel intercepts activist boat en route to Gaza

In a related development, the Israeli military said a rocket fired from Gaza has landed in a street in the southern town of Sderot.

An Israeli air force pilot died and another was injured, Wednesda, y as their fighter jet crashed while returning from an air assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, according to Ma'an.

Setting sail from Barcelona, Spain almost a month ago, the all-women solidarity flotilla to Gaza - known as Zaytouna - was intercepted by Israeli naval forces Wednesday.

The U.S. seems to believe that Netanyahu's previous statement means that last week's settlement expansion announcement constitutes a breach of agreement in which Israel broke its word.

The boat was sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, a group of pro-Palestinian groups based mostly in Europe.

Confirmed envoys whose mission was to "highlight the devastating effects of the brutal blockade on the Palestinian people living in Gaza" include 1976 Nobel Laureate and Northern Ireland peace activist Mairead Maguire, and New Zealand Green Party MP Marama Davidson, the FFC website says.

In 2010, one such move turned to tragedy when Israeli troops intercepted Turkish aid flotilla Mavi Marmara, and killed 10 activists.

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The Islamic State-affiliated Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, though Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks launched from the Gaza Strip, which it controls.

The statement added that Israel remained committed to a "solution of two states for two peoples". Hamas has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Israel says the restrictions are needed to prevent Hamas from importing weapons, and says it has eased the blockade to allow more goods into the territory.

In June 2015 the Israel Navy intercepted the Swedish fishing boat Marianne av Göteborg into Ashdod Port some 85 nautical miles off the Gaza Strip Coast. In the past, activists have been arrested and quickly deported.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri issued a statement warning Israel against continuing what he termed its aggression.

The Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum urged worldwide activists to continue sending flotillas to Gaza.

"The units are meant to provide a housing solution for the residents of Amona who must leave their homes in accordance with the demolition order issued by Israel's High Court of Justice", the MFA said, adding "Israel remains committed to a solution of two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state of Israel".