Jerusalem (AP) An Israeli official says Israel’s Navy has turned back a boat trying to carry pro-Palestinian protesters to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli air strikes are continuing.
A foreign ministry spokesman says the boat ignored an Israeli radio order to turn back today. He says the boat tried to outmaneuver the Navy ship and crashed into it, lightly damaging both vessels.
The Navy then escorted the boat to the territorial waters of Cyprus.
A protest boat organizer says the Israeli ship “rammed” the protest boat.
Protesters have sailed several small boats into Gaza from Cyprus since August in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade aimed at pressuring Gaza’s Hamas rulers to halt militant rocket fire on Israel.
More than 360 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli offensive on Saturday. Rockets from Gaza have killed five Israelis.