Israeli Navy Peacefully Intercepts Gaza-Bound Vessel

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, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries. The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. The military said, Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne 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.