Israeli military trails 'Freedom Flotilla' carrying Native Affairs reporter

The 'Marianne of Gothenburg' carrying Native Affairs reporter Ruwani Perera is being tailed by the Israeli Military.

There are reports that the ship has been boarded and there have been no casualties, the vessel is currently being escotrted to Ashdod Port.

A previous attempt to breach the blockade made in 2010 ended with 9 activists on the vessel being killed.

According to a press release from Ship to Gaza Sverige, “We were informed that the three military vessels who identified themselves as Israeli navy, has now moved even closer. The distance was estimated to 500 meters. The position was located to 31° 43' North, 32° 33' East​, about 105 nautical miles from the destination Gaza city.”

The flotilla is carrying a number of human rights advocates, journalists and political figures representing 17 countries. 

This is the third Freedom Flotilla to sail, beginning in 2008 when several voyages reached Gaza City harbor and returned to Europe from their mission of bringing supplies and solidarity to the people of Gaza.

Māori Television was invited to join "Freedom Flotilla III" as Media to document the latest attempt to break the Israeli imposed blockade on Gaza and reach the Gaza Strip.

We will bring you updates as they occur.