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The Israeli navy boarded and took over the  over Gaza-bound French flotilla ship Dignity, according to the Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Katz. The action came after negotiations to persuade 15 pro-Palestinian activists aboard to divert their course away from the Gaza Strip failed.

Navy soldiers did not encounter any resistance during the interception which resulted after the ship’s captain refused to cooperate with the IDF’s demand to divert its course to the Ashdod Port, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

An IDF doctor inspected the passengers and they were transferred to one of the navy ships where they received food and water. The bridge of the Dignity was taken over by navy officers and then began sailing towards the Ashdod Port. The 15 passengers will be transferred to Interior Ministry officials and immigration authorities in Ashdod. They will likely be deported from Israel.

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