Hamas on Thursday stated Israel's threat to intercept a flotilla of aid boats bound for the Gaza Strip amounted to "Zionist piracy." "The occupation's threat to prevent the Freedom Flotilla from arriving in the besieged Gaza Strip is Zionist piracy and a violation of international law," senior Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said, according to AFP.
"This boasting indicates the terrorist Zionist mentality," he added. Israel has said the flotilla amounts to a media stunt and that Gaza's humanitarian needs are being met. On Wednesday Israel said its navy would stop athe boats which carry 10,000 tons of supplies.
"The occupation is concerned about these ships ... because they grant legitimacy to engagement with the Palestinian government and confirm that the attempts to isolate Hamas have failed," Radwan said.