Greek coast guard blocks French yacht headed to Gaza
The Greek coast guard on Thursday blocked a French yacht from leaving a port in Crete. The yacht, carrying protesters bound for Gaza as part of a flotilla hoping to breach Israel's blockade, had previously evaded Greek authorities.
AFP - A lone French yacht carrying activists hoping to run the Israeli blockade on Gaza was on Thursday blocked in Crete by the Greek coast guard when it stopped to refuel, an organiser told AFP.
"The Dignite/Al Karama was taken to Sitia in Crete by the Greek coast guard after being stopped in a nearby port while it was refuelling," Claude Leostic told AFP by telephone from Paris.
The boat, which is carrying 12 pro-Palestinian activists, had sneaked out of a Greek port early on Tuesday in defiance of a ban on any ships setting sail from Greece in an attempt to run the Israeli blockade on Gaza.