Two vessels – one Canadian and one Irish – carrying medical supplies and pro-Palestinian activists, set sail this week to try and break Israel’s siege of Gaza.
But a stand-off in the Mediterranean between the Israeli navy and the activists eventually led to the boats being seized and their occupants detained.
The journey – a show of solidarity with the occupied strip of land – was at least the seventh unsuccessful attempt to break the siege in the past three years.
But activists say they will continue to try. Here is our exclusive report.