Canadian flotilla ship detained in Crete

Greek authorities board vessel, prevent ship from breaking Israeli naval blockade

Greek authorities have intercepted a Canadian ship taking part in an aid flotilla bound for Gaza on Monday, forcing the vessel to return to port in Crete, Al Jazeera English reports. Activists aboard the Tahrir said they had hoped to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza in order to deliver aid, but the Greek coast guard boarded the ship boarded the ship 15 minutes out of Crete’s Aghios Nikolaos port before it could reach international waters. On Friday, Greece also prevented a U.S. ship, the Audacity of Hope, from leaving port. Activists have accused Greek authorities of participating in the Israeli blockade of Gaza, after authorities have blocked most of the vessels recently bound for Gaza.

Al Jazeera English