and the NY Times
state that the Finnish Estelle
vessel set off from Naples this October 7 with an aim of breaking Israel's naval blockade on the coastal Palestinian territorial sliver. It was some 30 miles off the Gaza coast when they were intercepted by the Israeli Navy and taken to the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
The Israeli Defence Forces spokesperson reassured the press that no one had been injured in this interception stating that the boarding of the vessel by Israeli personnel "was carried out in accordance with international law."
The vessel in question is being manned by activists from eight different countries who insist they are bringing supplies such as cement and medicine to the strip.
Israel has garnered condemnation for its blockade in Gaza, particularly after an interception of a Turkish flagged boat trying to run the blockade in 2010 resulted in the shooting dead of nine Turkish activists.
had been allegedly carrying an anchor for a construction project in Gaza that is being called "Gaza Ark." The project is seeing to Palestinians building a boat they hope to use to run the blockade in order to begin exporting goods from the territory.