Intercepted at sea, women’s boat to Gaza docks quietly in Israel
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Intercepted at sea, women’s boat to Gaza docks quietly in Israel

13 activists aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva transferred to authorities for 'further processing,' IDF says

Women activists aboard a sailboat en route to Gaza which was intercepted Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by the Israeli Navy. (Al Jazeera screenshot)
Women activists aboard a sailboat en route to Gaza which was intercepted Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by the Israeli Navy. (Al Jazeera screenshot)

A boat full of women activists which was headed for the Gaza Strip before being intercepted and commandeered by the Israeli Navy on Wednesday has docked at the Israeli port of Ashdod without incident.

The activists were transferred to authorities “for further processing,” the Israeli military said in a statement late Wednesday.

The boat carrying 13 women, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire, was traveling aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva sailboat in the Mediterranean Sea toward the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave in protest against Israel’s security blockade when it was intercepted some 35 nautical miles (65 kilometers) from the Gaza coast.

It was commandeered without violence or any resistance from the activists on board, the army said.

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