Israel seizes Swedish activist ship en route to Gaza - Israel News

The Israel Navy seized a ship overnight Friday sailing from Europe in an attempt to break the naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, the military said. 

The ship was brought to Israel's port of Ashdod and the passengers were transferred for medical treatment, the IDF added. The forces made it clear to the ships passengers that they are violating the legal naval blockade and that any humanitarian merchandise can be transferred to Gaza through the port of Ashdod, the statement said.

The 12 passengers are mostly from Sweden but also from Germany, Britain, Spain, France and Canada.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organizer from a group named Ship to Gaza, which organized the trip.

Ship to Gaza demands that those who have been taken prisoner and the ship and its cargo are returned to the location where the ship was boarded and are allowed to continue their journey in international and Palestinian waters unmolested, in accordance with international law, the group said in a statement.

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