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French flotilla boat seized, U.S. activists end activities

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July 7, 2011 | 11:45 am

The United States boat "Audacity of Hope" moments before it left the Greek port. Photo from the US BOAT TO GAZA Facebook fan page.

The United States boat "Audacity of Hope" moments before it left the Greek port. Photo from the US BOAT TO GAZA Facebook fan page.

A French boat that left a Greek port for Gaza earlier in the week was detained by the Greek coast guard, while a U.S. activist group has ended its activities.

The French-flagged Dignity, a pleasure craft with eight passengers on board, was detained Thursday while refueling in Crete. A Greek official told CNN that the ship would not be allowed to continue on to Gaza.

Meanwhile, Leslie Cagan, coordinator of the U.S. Boat to Gaza, wrote Wednesday on the US to Gaza website that the team of activists from the United States ended its activities in Athens.

“The Greek government’s willingness to serve as the enforcer of Israeli’s naval blockade of Gaza made it impossible for this journey to happen,” Cagan wrote.

The U.S.-flagged Audacity of Hope remains in the hand of the Greek authorities and it is not known when it will be released.

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