At 11:30am on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, a humanitarian boat carrying patients and other Palestinians needing to travel sailed from Gaza seaport into the Mediterranean in a challenge to Israel’s 11 year-long blockade. The Commission of Great March of Return and the National Movement to Break the Siege had previously announced their preparation of the fleet, calling it the Freedom and Anti-Blockade Fleet ‘2’. Onboard were nine Palestinians: four patients and one patient companion, two students, and two ship members. Despite its pure humanitarian purpose, the fleet was nonetheless intercepted and seized by Israeli naval forces.
According to one passenger, who was released after the boat was seized, when the boat was about 12 nautical miles into the sea, three Israeli warships and five more inflatable ships circulated and seized it. Israeli media sources have reported that Israeli forces took passengers to Ashdod seaport.
At 9:40pm on the same day, Israeli forces released seven passengers, keeping two: Khaled Al-Hissi, 30-year old ship captain, and his 19-year old assistant, Mohammed Al-Hissi