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Report: Gaza boat activists tasered

Oct. 21, 2012 11:00 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2012 5:11 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli activist said naval forces used stun guns when they boarded a Finnish ship attempting to break the sea blockade of Gaza on Saturday, Israeli press reported.

Yonatan Shapira told his mother from Ashdod police station that the passengers were tasered, but unharmed, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Israel's army said its forces took measures to ensure the safety of the passengers and did not use force. It intercepted the ship after all attempts to prevent its entry to Gaza were exhausted, and brought it to Ashdod, a military statement said.

The Estelle ship was carrying 30 activists from Europe, Canada and Israel, humanitarian cargo such as cement and goodwill items such as children's books, a mission spokesman said.

Organizers said their website was hacked on Saturday, rendering it inaccessible during the raid. The group is considering a police complaint, they said.

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