'Israel Navy preparing to take over Gaza-bound French ship'

July 19, 2011 12:20

After making radio contact, navy negotiating with activists aboard 'Dignity' to divert course away from naval blockade; activists say 4 vessels closely following; navy offers activists use of land crossings.

Israel Navy ships

Israel Navy ships 311. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The Israel Navy has warned pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Gaza-bound French ship Dignity - Al-Karama that soldiers are preparing to board the yacht, Israel Radio reported.

The navy made initial radio contact with the vessel in an attempt to persuade its crew to revert their course and not attempt to enter the closed naval blockade of the Strip, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

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