Israeli forces will board an Irish-owned ship carrying aid and activists if it continues to refuse to divert its course away from Gaza, a military spokeswoman said on Saturday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Liebovich told Reuters that they will have to board the ship, if activists "won't leave them any choice".
Israel had said it would not let the ship through, five days after a convoy of six was halted, including a Turkish ship on which 9 men were killed by Israeli commandos who stormed aboard.
The boat was just hours from Gaza but the 15 aboard -- Irish and Malaysian activists, four Indonesian crew and a Scottish captain -- did not intend to leave international waters and run the Israeli gauntlet until after daybreak Saturday, organisers said.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2010, 14:19