All Irish activists back in Ireland

All 14 Irish activists who were detained in an Israeli prison for almost a week have arrived back in Dublin.

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'Freedom Waves' activists on way home

Two Irish activists who were yesterday prevented from leaving Israel for a second time are understood to be on their way home this morning.

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TDs call on Tánaiste to condemn Israel

Five TDs have accused Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore of double standards regarding the detention of 14 Irish activists in Israel as they tried to bring aid to Gaza.

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Gilmore under pressure to intervene in Gaza flotilla case

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is coming under pressure to intervene on behalf of 14 Irish citizens who have been held in an Israeli prison since Saturday.

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Gaza flotilla interception 'violent and dangerous'

The interception of an Irish ship trying to break Israel's naval blockade on Gaza was violent and dangerous, activists have claimed.

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Martin calls for immediate release of Gaza flotilla crew

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has today called for the immediate release of 14 Irish citizens who have been imprisoned in Israeli since Friday.

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Irish activists face Israeli hearing

Irish activists held overnight in Israel will face an immigration hearing later today.

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Video grab of ship believed to be the MV Saoirse today - taken from video posted online by Israeli Defences Forces vessel approaching flotilla.

Israeli forces board Gaza-bound ships

Israeli forces have boarded an Irish ship sailing in a so-called 'Freedom Waves' aid convoy to Gaza, it was confirmed this afternoon.

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Murphy: Greek decision on Gaza flotilla an 'outrage'

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has condemned the Greek authorities' decision to ban any of the Gaza flotilla ships from leaving Greek ports.

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Gaza flotilla leaders pledge to breach Israel blockade

Organisers of a Gaza-bound flotilla said they have not abandoned their plans to breach Israel's sea blockade of the territory despite a Greek government ban on their vessels leaving the country's ports.

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Gaza-bound boat captain arrested

Greek coastguards say they have arrested the captain of a boat that was to be part of a Gaza-bound flotilla trying to deliver humanitarian aid.

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Six Irish members of Gaza flotilla vow to continue

Six crew members from the Irish Ship that was forced to abandon its journey to Gaza after it was sabotaged are planning to continue on their mission.

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Israeli Embassy 'not connected' to flotilla damage incident

The Israeli Embassy in Dublin has issued a statement today after a Irish aid vessel the MV Saoirse was forced to pull out of a flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade after it was damaged while docked in Turkey.

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Gilmore backs calls for probe into aid ship damage

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has backed calls for an investigation into damage caused to a Gaza-bound Irish ship.

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Shatter fails to see purpose behind Gaza aid flotilla

The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has questioned the wisdom behind those taking part in the international aid flotilla which sets sail today for Gaza.

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Dublin MEP hits back at Clinton flotilla comments

Dublin’s Socialist MEP Paul Murphy has today condemned US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for comments she made yesterday criticising the attempts by the Gaza Flotilla II to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

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Murphy: New flotilla 'not designed to provoke Israelis'

The Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy says the Irish boat travelling to Gaza as part of an international flotilla is not designed to provoke the Israelis.

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Rugby stars back Gaza aid flotilla campaign

Four Irish rugby internationals have given their backing to a second aid flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade.

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Activists prepare new Gaza aid flotilla

An aid flotilla will leave for the Gaza Strip in the third week of June, just more than a year after a similar flotilla was raided by Israeli forces, leaving nine people dead on a Turkish boat, activists say.

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Aid flotilla report: Soldiers 'blatantly violated law'

A Turkish government inquiry into Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla has said Israeli soldiers shot five victims from close range.

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Thousands wait to greet protest ship

Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists have gathered at a port in Istanbul to welcome back a ship that was the scene of bloodshed during an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

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Irish pair held amid Gaza aid ship dispute released

Two Irish men detained by Greek officials after a dispute broke out on a ship containing aid for Gaza were released today.

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Two Irish on Gaza aid ship held by Greek authorities

Two Irish citizens are on board a ship containing aid supplies for Gaza being investigated by the Greek authorities near Athens, it has emerged.

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Maguire loses appeal against Israel deportation

An appeal by Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire against her deportation orders over entering Israel was rejected by a court today.

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Israel intercepts British yacht bound for Gaza

Israeli authorities boarded a British yacht, took down its flag and "almost strip searched" its crew as they attempted to break the blockade to Gaza, a Briton on board said today.

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United Nations report critical of Gaza flotilla raid

A United Nations report claims Israeli troops could be prosecuted for what it called "wilful killing" and "torture" in connection with a raid on ships bound for Gaza.

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50 Irish campaigners set for Gaza aid flotilla

Up to 50 Irish campaigners are expected to join a coalition of pro-Palestinian supporters on a second aid flotilla to Gaza, it was revealed today.

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Irish vessel part of new flotilla to Gaza

A flotilla of ships is preparing to leave for Gaza in eight weeks time and an Irish vessel is expected to be among them.

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UN official criticises Israel over Gaza flotilla probe

Israel is not co-operating with the UN Human Rights Council’s probe of May’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN official said today.

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Israeli intelligence service 'made mistakes' storming flotilla ships

The Israeli intelligence service made mistakes during the deadly storming of ships taking aid to the Gaza strip, a former military official today acknowledged.

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Israel Defence Minister defends Gaza flotilla raid

Israel’s defence minister said the government’s decision to send troops to stop a Turkish aid ship trying to breach Israel’s Gaza blockade was correct despite the ensuing bloodshed on board.

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Israeli aid convoy raid 'was legal'

Israel’s prime minister today claimed its commando raid that left nine dead on an aid flotilla heading for Gaza was justified under international law.

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Israeli and Turk on Gaza flotilla panel

The United Nations panel investigating Israel’s deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will include Israeli and Turkish diplomats.

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Gaza protest ship back in Turkey

The protest ship seized by Israel in a deadly raid in May returned to Turkey today.

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Israel accepts UN probe into flotilla raid

Israel today agreed to take part in a UN investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

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Roche to discuss Gaza aid ships at EU meeting

European Affairs Minister Dick Roche will attend a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers tomorrow at which Gaza and the middle east will be top of the agenda.

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Israel warns that two ships will not break blockade

Israel has urged Lebanon and the international community to prevent two ships from sailing to Gaza from a Lebanese port to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory, warning that the vessels will be stopped.

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Israelis move to intercept Gaza-bound ship

An Israeli warship attempted to stop a Libyan aid vessel trying to breach the Gaza blockade tonight.

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Blair praises easing of Israeli blockade

Tony Blair has welcomed the easing of Israel's blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow in virtually all consumer goods that had been barred for years.

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Israel drops Gaza goods restrictions

Israel today dropped its long-standing restrictions on allowing consumer goods into the Gaza Strip but retained tight limits on desperately needed construction materials.

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Turkey threatens to cut ties with Israel

Turkey has today threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if it does not apologise for its deadly raid on the Gaza aid convoy or accept an international inquiry into it.

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Protest planned for Israeli Embassy

A protest will be held at the Israeli Embassy in Dublin this morning.

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Israeli Ambassador to face Oireachtas Committee

The Israeli Ambassador will today attend a special meeting of the Oireachtas European Affairs Committee to discuss the situation in Gaza.

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Iran threaten to sail into Gaza blockade

Iran today threatened to send an aid ship to the blockaded Gaza Strip risking a high-seas confrontation with Israel.

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Israel to use 'all necessary force' against Lebanese activists

Israel's UN envoy has told the world body that Israel is entitled to use "all necessary force" to prevent activists sailing from Lebanon to Gaza.

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New Gaza flotilla planned despite eased blockade

A coalition of pro-Palestinian groups said today it plans to send a second aid flotilla to Gaza, dismissing Israel's promise to ease its blockade as not bold enough and defying Israeli warnings against any new sea-based activist operation.

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Gaza flotilla activists threaten legal action

British peace activists today threatened legal action to force an international inquiry into Israel’s storming of an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip.

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All foods allowed into Gaza, says official

An Israeli military official has this afternoon said that all foods would be freely let in to Gaza, effective immediately.

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Israel agrees to ease Gaza blockade

Israel agreed today to ease its land blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, hoping to quell growing international criticism after a deadly sea raid.

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Hamas officers check passports as Palestinians attempt to cross to Egypt at the Rafah border crossing last week. Israel is to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip amid international outcry over the deadly commando raid on an aid flotilla.

Israel to ease Gaza blockade

Israel will significantly ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip today, officials said, in an effort to blunt widespread international criticism after a deadly Israeli commando raid on a blockade-busting flotilla.

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UN to deliver aid to Gaza

The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said.

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Israel: UN to deliver Gaza aid

The Israeli military said today that an agreement has been reached with the United Nations to deliver tons of aid to Gaza carried on a flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos last month.

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Blair: Gaza blockade to be eased within days

The world must give “hope, help and prospects” to the people of Gaza, Tony Blair insisted today.

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Israel approves flotilla attack probe

The Israeli cabinet today gave final approval for an official investigation into the navy’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla two weeks ago, with the North's former first minister David Trimble one of two international participants.

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Trimble to take part in Israeli inquiry into flotilla raid

Former Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble is to take part in an Israeli investigation into last month's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

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Minister renews call for Gaza flotilla raid probe

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin will renew calls for an international probe into Israel’s bloody raid on the Gaza aid flotilla when he meets with EU counterparts today.

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Consumers urged to boycott Israeli produce

Irish consumers are being urged to boycott Israeli produce until the blockade of Gaza is lifted.

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Group calls for boycott of Israeli products

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is urging a boycott of Israeli products and services - saying Palestine must not be forgotten.

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This is an undated handout photo released by the Shalit family of Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit in an unknown location in Israel.

Israel: Blockade easing dependant on access to Shalit

Israel will not lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip unless Hamas allows the Red Cross to visit an Israeli soldier captured in 2006.

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Obama tells Israel to ease Gaza blockade

US president Barack Obama wants to sharply limit Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the botched naval raid that is straining American and Israeli relations with allies around the world.

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