Israeli leader wants Gaza flotilla stopped

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Posted: Apr 27, 2011 11:32 AM
Israeli leader wants Gaza flotilla stopped

Israel's prime minister is stepping up efforts to prevent an international flotilla from reaching the blockaded Gaza Strip in the coming months.

Israel wants to prevent a repeat of last year's showdown with a Gaza-bound flotilla that tried to break through the Israeli blockade. Nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes with naval commandos.

Pro-Palestinian activists hope to send a new flotilla in late May or early June.

Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Wednesday that he ordered the Foreign Ministry to press foreign countries to prevent the flotilla from sailing.

It says he also ordered the military to make "necessary preparations" to enforce the naval blockade, which Israel says is needed to prevent Hamas militants from arming.