….they said that they would leave next week.…They were lying. They have tried to make a run for it and have been caught by the Greek Coast Guard …The vessel was stopped by the Greek Coast Guard some 25 minutes after its unauthorized departure. It was not immediately clear whether the boat will be taken back to port. The vessel, dubbed “The Audacity of Hope”, left Perama port for the open seas, a Reuters witness said. Greek authorities said earlier on Friday that ships destined to Gaza were prohibited from leaving Greek ports.
Despite the Greek ban, the vessel left port around 4:45 pm Friday, Ynet learned. It was banned from departing by Greek officials citing technical problems, but chose to ignore the orders.
According to Joseph Dana, who is aboard the US ship, the Greeks have circled the ship and look to be preparing to board.
The captain of the US boat is supposedly telling the Greeks that he doesn’t want to be in the port, because he fears the ship will be sabotaged.
BREAKING: AP is reporting that Greek authorities have indeed stopped all flotilla ships from leaving port and going to Gaza.
Update: Greece’s Foreign Minister has told CNN that all ships heading for Gaza from Greece will be stopped.