Jerusalem : Israeli Navy personnel boarded two vessels which were enroute to the Gaza Strip and led them to southern Israel's Ashdod port, the Israeli military said in a statement Friday.
"The boarding was carried out in line with directives from the Israeli government and after all attempts to prevent the vessels from reaching the Gaza Strip were made, but to no avail," said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement, reported Xinhua.
After the boats failed to heed calls to turn around or dock in Egypt or Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered naval forces to board the ships. Nobody was injured during the boarding of the ships, a military source said.
The boats were carrying aid supplies and 27 international pro-Palestinian activists.