Setting up a naval blockade
is a tactical challenge, even for the US.
He said the goal was "symbolic" -- to call attention to the Israeli naval blockade
of Gaza, which he called illegal.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri backed the call for the arms embargo to be lifted and also said a naval blockade
should be put in place in areas not under government control to stop weapons reaching militants.
On May 31, 2010 news media around the world reported and sharply criticized the bloody Israeli Shayetet (commandos) raid for killing nine activist civilians aboard the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, These activists resisted the Shayetet which tried to enforce Israel's naval blockade
by boarding the ship from speedboats and helicopters.
Turkey will challenge the legality of Israel's naval blockade
HALF of the Irish activists arrested by Israeli force as they tried to break the naval blockade
on Gaza will arrive home today.
1781: A 7,000-strong British force surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown in the American War of Independence: a French naval blockade
following the defeat of a British fleet had prevented any relief or chance of escape.
As it turned out, not only did Israel not issue an apology but the POI also vindicated Israel's claim that the naval blockade
of Gaza was legal.
It also said the Israeli naval blockade
on Gaza was imposed as a "legitimate security measure" to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea.
A UN report has concluded that Israel used "excessive force" in its raid, but that the naval blockade
Israel refused the terms and in recent days relations have sunk to a new low following publication of a UN report on the deadly raid, which accused Israel of using excessive force but endorsed its naval blockade
, infuriating Turkey and the Palestinians.
The naval blockade
was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.