Ac­tivists ac­cuse ‘hos­tile divers’ of sab­o­tag­ing ves­sel

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Ac­tivists plan­ning to break Is­rael’s sea block­ade of the Gaza Strip said yes­ter­day that they had in­creased se­cu­rity around their docked flotilla af­ter what they al­leged to be an act of sab­o­tage on one of the ves­sels in the port of Pi­raeus. The Associated Press quoted or­ga­niz­ers as say­ing that “hos­tile divers” had cut the pro­pel­ler shaft of the Ju­liano. They said the dam­age can be re­paired and will not ham­per plans to set sail for Gaza later this week. The jour­ney of the 10-ship flotilla has al­ready been held up by ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems with Greek port authorities that ac­tivists blame on Is­raeli diplo­matic pres­sure. A block­ade of the port by Com­mu­nist Party-af­fil­i­ated pro­test­ers join­ing a 48-hour strike yes­ter­day com­pli­cated mat­ters. Is­raeli For­eign Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man told an Is­raeli ra­dio sta­tion that the ac­tivists were seek­ing “con­fronta­tion and blood,” ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

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