Israel holds the line – grabs another ship

June 5, 2010 18:16

Amid mounting international pressure, Israel enforces naval blockade by seizing Gaza-bound ship


Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound vessel swiftly and without meeting resistance on Saturday, preventing it from breaking a naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory days after a similar effort turned bloody.

Israel has faced mounting international pressure to lift the blockade since Monday’s deadly confrontation aboard a Turkish vessel headed for Gaza. But it stood by the embargo — which it says is needed to prevent the Islamic militant group from getting weapons — even as the Obama administration called the current restrictions “unsustainable.”


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