Israeli activists on Gaza-bound ship appeal remand

October 22, 2012 01:09


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Three Israeli activists from the Estelle, a ship that attempted to sail to Gaza, will appeal their two-day remand in the Beersheba District Court Monday morning.

On Sunday, the Ashkelon Magistrate’s Court remanded them to police custody for an additional two days after they attempted to break the Gaza naval blockade by sailing to the Strip aboard the 53-meter Swedish ship, which carried a Finnish flag.

They were held on the grounds that they “violated a lawful order” and that they might try to obstruct the investigation.

The Israel Navy forcibly boarded the ship on Saturday after it refused calls to change its course away from Gaza. It also refused an Israeli offer to allow the ship to dock in Ashdod instead, where it would transport its cargo from the city to Gaza through a land route.

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