>> French police stopped a flotilla of boats bound for Gaza from docking in Paris on Sunday. The river police escorted the freedom flotilla along the river Seine, preventing them from making a symbolic stop to allow those gathered an opportunity to express their solidarity with Gaza. These ships make up two of the four flotilla boats that are starting their journey toward the Palestinian enclave in an attempt to break Israel's naval blockade.
Dozens of supporters cheered them on, waving Palestinian flags and chanting quote stop the massacre of Palestinians. One supporter said the boats had undergone extensive searches by police earlier in the day and had been prevented from docking. The four boats will meet in the Mediterranean Sea before attempting to approach Gaza together.
Israel maintains a naval blockade of the Gaza strip, and has in the past stopped other boats from reaching its shores.