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‘Navy prepared to board flotilla ships if they don’t stop’

On anniversary of 'Marmara' operation, senior Navy officer says Israel preparing "surprises" for new flotilla to Gaza, soldiers under order to use force but objective will be to take over ships non-violently.

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May 31, 2011 | 8:03 am

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

The Israel Navy is prepared to intercept and take control of the ships participating in the new flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a senior Navy officer said Tuesday on the anniversary of the IDF operation to stop the Mavi Marmara that ended in the death of nine Turkish nationals.

“We will order the ship to stop, but if they don’t, we are prepared to intercept and board the ship,” a senior officer told reporters.

The flotilla of 15 ships, organized by the Turkish humanitarian organization, IHH - which is outlawed in Israel due to its ties with Hamas, as well as The Free Gaza Movement - is planning to sail to the Gaza Strip in late June.

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