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Israeli naval vessels take control of boat headed for Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip on Saturday, the military said. European lawmakers and other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port.

The trip by the ship, Estelle, marked the latest challenge to the air, land, and sea embargo of Gaza that Israel imposed after the Islamic militant Hamas group seized the territory in 2007. Israeli officials say they need to enforce the blockade to prevent weapons smuggling.

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