Israeli Navy sinks Palestinian vessel ‘smuggling arms’ to Hamas in Gaza

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Assessment: The Israeli ship opened fire after the vessel refused to halt; the vessel’s crew swam to Gaza, according to the Israeli military.

The Israeli Navy on Saturday night sank a Palestinian vessel sailing towards Gaza from Egypt, the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Unit said in a statement.

The vessel had entered a restricted sea area off the southern Gaza Strip, in violation of security restrictions, according to the IDF.

“For violence against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever” Obadiah 1:10

An Israeli Navy vessel off the Israeli coast near Rosh Hanikra, on the Israeli and Lebanese border in northern Israel, May 4, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Navy sailors ordered the vessel to stop and fired on it after receiving no response, in line with standard operational procedure. Those who had been aboard swam to the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF.

“The supplies on board the vessel were intended for the Hamas terrorist organization,” the military said in a statement.

Kan News reported that the supplies in question were arms destined for Hamas in Gaza, and that the vessel sank.