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Timeline of Israeli capture of Gaza aid ship

world Updated: Jun 06, 2010 00:34 IST

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Here is a timeline of the Israeli navy's capture on Saturday of the MV Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian aid boat which was trying to run the blockade of the impoverished Gaza Strip. All times are local.

05:15 - Activists on board the Rachel Corrie report that two Israeli naval vessels are approaching the port side of the ship after shadowing them for the previous two hours, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign says.
"They were followed by Israeli warships. Their radars were jammed but the satellite phones were working," a spokesman for the Dublin-based Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign says after making phone contact with the ship.

06:30 - A spokesman for the welcoming committee awaiting the ship in Gaza says that the Rachel Corrie has been intercepted 35 miles off the coast. The report is immediately denied by the Israeli military.

09:12 - A military spokesman says the ship has ignored an order for it to change course and dock in the southern coastal city of Ashdod.

10:10 - Israel warns the Rachel Corrie it risks being boarded by navy forces if it does not change course, with a military spokeswoman warning that troops would "use force" to defend themselves if necessary.

12:38 - Navy seals board the vessel in international waters some 21 nautical miles northwest of Ashdod, taking control peacefully "with the full compliance" of the crew and passengers.

17:17 - The Rachel Corrie is seen approaching Ashdod port under Israeli military escort some five hours after being taken over. A foreign ministry spokesman says its 15 crew and passengers, most of them from Ireland and Malaysia, will be flown home "as soon as possible."