Greek coastguard intercepts Gaza-bound Canadian ship

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Posted: Jul 04, 2011 11:44 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - The Greek coastguard on Monday intercepted a Canadian ship which had set sail for Gaza carrying medicine and pro-Palestinian activists who had defied a ban by the Athens government, an activist said.

The boat, named "Tahrir," had left a port in Crete, a Reuters witness said. Greek authorities have said that ships carrying activists destined for Gaza with aid for Palestinians were prohibited from leaving Greek ports.

The activist told Reuters that the crew of nearly 50 people comprised mostly Canadians. There were no further details immediately available.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou, editing by Peter Millership)