IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai explained that the boarding of the Al-Karama took place “as soon as their actions turned into a provocation.”
“After our dialogue with the yacht reached a dead-end and all options were exhausted, the Israel Navy decided to board the Al-Karama. We realized that the Al-Karama captain was lying. He lied to the Greek authorities on his voyage route, changing it midway from Egypt to the Gaza port,” said Brig. Gen. Mordechai.
Brig. Gen. Mordechai described the successful, peaceful boarding of the Al-Karama, which will be towed to Israel’s Ashdod port. Passengers behaved in an orderly manner, following instructions from the naval soldiers:
The event went well, but has not yet ended. It will end when the passengers come ashore.
Activists aboard the Al-Karama were not harmed by Israel Navy soldiers, instead received food and beverages. Upon reaching Israel’s Ashdod port, activists will undergo standard security procedures before being processed by the Israeli Ministry of Interior and immigration authorities.
The Israel Navy is steadfast in its commitment to lawfully enforce the maritime security blockade on the Gaza Strip. According to international law, it is lawful for Israel to impose a maritime security blockade on the Gaza Strip because it is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas terrorist organization, the ruling entity of the Gaza Strip (see the law of blockade for more information). The Hamas terrorist organization is designated as a terrorist entity by the US, UK, EU and state of Israel.