Israeli Navy Peacefully Intercepts Gaza-bound Vessel

The Israeli military and activists said, Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday and was redirecting it to an Israeli port. The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. The Israeli military said Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne ship and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force. The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.