Gaza Boat 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The captain of a catamaran carrying Jewish activists toward the Gaza Strip says an Israeli warship is approaching the vessel.
Capt. Glynn Secker says his boat is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Gaza and that expects the navy to intercept the Irene within the next hours.
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The Israeli military said Tuesday it would not intervene until the boat tries to breach the blockade.
The Irene, which is carrying nine Jewish activists from Israel and other
countries, set sail from Cyprus on Sunday. The activists said they are trying to draw
attention to Israel's blockade of Gaza and will not resist if they are
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Andy David called the
activists' claim to be bringing aid to Gaza "ridiculous" and labeled
the voyage "a politically motivated provocation."