‘Freedom Flotilla’ seeking to aid Hamas stopped by IDF

26 2018 shows Israeli security forces at the Adam settlement

26 2018 shows Israeli security forces at the Adam settlement

The Kia Ora Gaza Trust has called on the Government to protest the boarding of a ship containing Unite Union leader Mike Treen and other worldwide human rights activists.

The motor vessel, named Al Awda, or The Return, was contacted Sunday afternoon by Israel's Navy about 49 nautical miles from the port at Gaza City in worldwide waters and warned to stop or prepare to be boarded, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition said on its website.

IDF forces in the Binyamin area early Monday morning made sure one television station couldn't carry Hamas propaganda over the airwaves anymore as the Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians who operated the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds TV station.

Adham Abu Salima, a spokesperson for the National Committee, confirmed the attack of Israeli forces on the Freedom Flotilla ship and that the committee has lost contact with the flotilla members.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Al-Awda vessel was sailing on a humanitarian mission to Gaza, Palestine, with 22 activists from around the globe, including a Malaysian, Prof Dr Mohd Afandi Salleh.

The attempt was the latest in a decade-long series of attempts by pro-Palestinian activists to break the naval blockade. "The operation ended without incidents", said Israeli military.

According to activists, they tried to deliver to Gaza strip medicines, but also urged their governments to demand that Israel lift the blockade.

Iran's Press TV correspondent Richard Sudan, who is on board the flotilla, said in a video posted online that one of the vessels had dropped out with an unspecified "problem" and that two boats were now making their way toward Gaza.

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He pointed out that the current figures of poverty and unemployment are the highest in the world, and no one can know where it leads, under the Israeli blockade against 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, which amounts to collective punishment and flagrant violation of worldwide law.

Treen was tasered repeatedly while in the wheelhouse of the boat Al Awda, then tightly handcuffed, Hehir said. Another activist died years later.

Several worldwide flotillas tried to break the blockade but were stopped by the Israeli navy.

The botched raid angered Turkey and saw it cut off ties with Israel until 2016.

Assisted by Egypt, Israel says the move is necessary to prevent Hamas from arming.

Sunday's interception comes with tensions especially high between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The Israeli regime also carries out regular air raids on the coastal enclave under the pretext of hitting positions belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Palestinians have been protesting every Friday since 30 March as part of the Great March of Return.

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