Ori Lewis
July 19, 2011

(Reuters) – The Israeli navy Tuesday seized a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists heading for the blockaded Gaza Strip and forced it to go to Israel’s Ashdod port, a military spokeswoman said.

“I can confirm that the yacht has been boarded and that everything went smoothly, there were no casualties,” the spokeswoman said after marines boarded the “Dignite-Al-Karama” yacht in the eastern Mediterranean.

Chief military spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai said the passengers were transferred from the yacht to one of the warships sent to intercept it and were en route to Ashdod.

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