Activists say Israeli warships forced a boat trying to deliver donated food and medical supplies to Gaza to return to Cyprus.
Free Gaza group spokeswoman Mary Hughes-Thompson said Israeli naval vessels surrounded the 66-foot (20-meter) Spirit of Humanity early Thursday off southern Lebanon and threatened to open fire if the boat did not turn back.
Hughes-Thompson said the boat loaded with 5 tons of supplies and 21 passengers including 3 surgeons is expected to arrive at Larnaca port Thursday evening.
It is the second failed bid by the US-based group to try to reach Gaza since Israel launched its assault on the Palestinian territory late last month in response to rocket fire on Israel.
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