Gaza-bound ship Estelle ‘under attack’: spokeswoman

October 20, 2012 9:36 am


The Estelle welcomes on board pro-Palestinian activists while taking on supplies off the Greek island of Gavdos on October 16/AFP
JERUSALEM, Oct 20 – A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza has “come under attack” shortly after being approached by Israeli vessels, a spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.

“The Estelle is now under attack – I have just had a message from them by phone,” Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told AFP.

“Some time ago, they said that they had military ships following them, but we don’t know exactly what they mean” when they say they were attacked, she said of the vessel which is carrying five parliamentarians and a former Canadian lawmaker.

The Israeli military confirmed that navy vessels were in the vicinity of the MV Estelle but denied the ship had been attacked or boarded.

“The Israeli navy has attempted to make initial contact with them, but they have not answered and nothing further has happened at this stage,” a spokeswoman said.

Asked whether any attempt had been made to stop or board the Estelle, she said: “Not at the moment.”


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