Heavily armed Greek troops force Gaza-bound boat to turn back, US activists say; 'They arrived with machine guns, it was scary,' American-Israeli on board vessel tells Ynet. Activists slam Greece for doing Israel's 'dirty work'
Heavily armed Greek forces with their firearms drawn forced a Gaza-bound ship to turn around and return to Greece, where the vessel is now being held in a military base, activists on board the Audacity of Hope said Friday evening.
"We were forced to go back to a Greek port surrounded with bars and barbwire," a Twitter message from the Gaza-bound vessel said. "We were in a holding pattern for probably three hours when the commandos arrived with drawn weapons."
Hagit Borer, an Israeli-American citizen on the ship, told Ynet: "They are not letting us out. They took us back to a military dockyard and let the journalists disembark. I don't know what they'll be doing with us."
Source and full story: YNet News, 1 July 2011