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Dutch ship headed to Gaza apparently taken over by IDF troops

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:56
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. October 5, 2016, 6:31 PM (IDT)

Radio contact was lost on Wednesday afternoon with the Zaytouna-Oliva, a Dutch-flagged ship that sailed from Barcelona with a goal of reaching the Gazan coast to protest the Israeli blockade. Thirteen women including parliamentarians from New Zealand, Sweden and Algeria, a doctor from Malaysia and a former officer in the US military are aboard the vessel. The loss of contact with the ship, now located about 100 kilometers from the Israeli coast, apparently indicates that its radio and satellite communication systems were blocked and the ship was taken over by Israeli naval commandos. The ship will be towed to the port of Ashdod and its passengers will be deported from Israel when the operation is over.

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