Arab League calls French boat takeover 'act of piracy'

July 19, 2011 17:41

The Arab League on Tuesday condemned the Israeli Navy's interception of the Gaza-bound French ship Dignity - Al-Karama, calling it an "act of piracy," according to Israel Radio.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby demanded that the international community and the UN Security Council respond aggressively to the Israeli actions.

He added that the blockade on Gaza is illegal and that Israel should not lay siege to citizens, not even in times of war.

According to the Israel Radio report, following the French boat's interception, France also called on Israel to respect the rights of the Dignity's passengers and allow them to return to their home countries.

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