Pro-Palestinian people see off the Swedish-owned vessel Estelle leaving Italy’s port city of Naples, October 6, 2012.
The Tel Aviv regime has warned that it will use its military force to stop a Swedish-owned ship under the Finnish flag attempting to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Finnish Foreign Ministry spokesman Risto Piipponen said on Saturday that the Israeli regime said it would “take action to stop the ship from reaching land if it tries to break the blockade.”
“We pointed out that it is a civilian vessel and urged them to practice restraint in any action they take,” Piipponen added.
The vessel, Estelle, which is transporting a group of activists and a cargo of humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, left the Italian port city of Naples on October 6 and is expected to reach Gaza next week.
On May 31, 2010, Israeli forces attacked the Gaza-bound humanitarian Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard Turkey’s Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of the six-ship convoy.
Also in November 2011, a Canadian and an Irish yacht were prevented by Israeli forces in the international waters to transport pro-Palestinian activists and medical supplies to Gaza.
The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.