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Israel seizes aid boat headed for Gaza Strip, arrests 12 on board

Israeli Navy intercepts second aid ship in a week from flotilla aiming to break the devastating Gaza Strip blockade.

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Israel prohibits ships from travelling more than six nautical miles from Gaza's coastline [Ariel Schalit/AP]

Israeli naval forces seized a Swedish-flagged ship carrying much-needed aid that was headed for the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Freedom for Gaza vessel, which had 12 people and medical equipment onboard, was intercepted late on Friday and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod, the Israeli military said in a statement.

The ship was part of a four-vessel Freedom Flotilla Coalition that left from Denmark in May with the aim of breaking the crushing 12-year Gaza blockade imposed by Israel and neighbouring Egypt.

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