Mysterious blast hits Europe-bound Gaza ship

Gaza's Ark. (screen capture: YouTube)

Gaza’s Ark. (screen capture: YouTube)

Organizers allege sabotage after ‘Gaza’s Ark,’ built to break naval blockade, partially sunk by Tuesday morning explosion

(SOURCE)  A Gaza boat designed to break Israel’s blockade en route to Europe was damaged in an explosion early Tuesday morning, with organizers alleging sabotage.

According to multiple sources, Gaza’s Ark, currently being rehabilitated for a symbolic journey to Europe, was rocked by a pre-dawn blast and is now partially sunk in Gaza port, the Palestinian News Network reported.

 The boat was meant to symbolically break Israel’s naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since 2007, when Hamas took control of the coastal enclave. Fishing boats are allowed to operate in a restricted area off the coast.

The project is sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, the Palestinian Sailing Federation and the Fisherman’s Solidarity Campaign,

A member of the Gaza fishermen’s union told the Palestinian Al-Quds news outlet that the man guarding the boat received a call around 3:45 a.m. warning him to abandon the boat because it was going to be targeted in an attack.

The guard left, but returned after several minutes, just before an explosion went off.

While the guard was not injured, the boat was partially sunk in the harbor.

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