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Greece Blocks Gaza Flotilla

12:52 PM, Jul 1, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The AP reports that the latest flotilla has been prevented from sailing to Gaza by Greek authorities:

Greece on Friday banned ships heading to the Gaza Strip from leaving Greek ports, and a vessel carrying several dozen American protesters which left port without permission was ordered to return.

A flotilla of nine Greek and foreign-flagged vessels and several hundred activists have said they want to break Israel's sea blockade and deliver aid to the Palestinian territory.

Greece's Civil Protection Ministry said coast guard authorities had been ordered to take "all appropriate measures" to implement the ban. It also said the "broader maritime area of the eastern Mediterranean will be continuously monitored by electronic means for tracking, where applicable, the movements of the ships allegedly participating" in the flotilla.

It's good that Greece is stopping these rabble rousers, preventing them from trying to engage in illegal (and dangerous) activities. 

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