3. Israeli army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich talking to media
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, Israeli army spokeswoman:
"Our Israeli Navy has intercepted a ship called Estelle. The ship and the members aboard it, called that they are going to Gaza, they are heading to Gaza, for some kind of humanitarian provocation gig. We have boarded the ship quietly, successfully, there was nobody harmed, nobody was hurt. We then offered the people on the ship, the passengers, food and drinks and currently the ship is being towed away to the Ashdod port."
Gaza City, Gaza Strip
5. Various of fishing boats in Gaza port
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Riad Khodari, Head of the public committee to break the siege:
"We urge all the world to protect this ship, these people. They are coming to Gaza to assist Palestinian people. All activist people coming through the sea to assist us."
"Israel has caught in the past, ships bringing massive amounts of weapons into the Gaza Strip. In 2009 Israel caught the SS Francop carrying over 500 tons of weapons and explosive materials. In 2011, Israel caught the SS Victoria carrying over 50 tons of weapons and explosive material. All aimed to get to get to the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. The fact is that all civilian goods today are sent over to the Gaza population through the accepted land crossing run by the ministry of defence at Kerem Shalom."
9. Protesters at beach holding banners
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Norit Al-Hanan, whose son is on board the ship Estelle:
"We are very proud that our children chose to be among those who are seeking to break the siege in Gaza and to help the people there who are particularly starving under the Israeli rule."
11. Various of protesters chanting
Gaza City, Gaza Strip
12. Hamas government spokesman, Taher Al-Nunu, walking along corridor
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher Al-Nunu, Hamas government spokesman:
"We ask that the occupation of this piracy is punished. And we ask that the boat and the activists be allowed to reach the Gaza Strip. We are also asking for a declaration of a United Nations resolution to end the siege on the Strip completely."
"This ship was kidnapped when it was in international waters, 30 miles (48.28 kilometres) away from Gaza. This is a new piracy and is a crime to be added to the crimes committed by the Israelis against our people and against the activists. We are very concerned for the activists."
Israeli troops on Saturday commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip, the military said.
European lawmakers and other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port.
"We have boarded the ship quietly, successfully, there was no body harmed, nobody was hurt," Israeli army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich said.
Victoria Strand, a spokeswoman for Ship to Gaza in Sweden, which sent the Estelle, told the Associated Press that armed, masked soldiers boarded the boat and cut their communications when they were some 30 nautical miles from Gaza.
She said activists on board told her that some six naval boats surrounded their vessel.
Hamas government spokesman Taher Al-Nunu said he wanted the action punished.
"We ask that the boat and the activist be allowed to reach the Gaza Strip. We are also asking for a declaration of a United Nations resolution to end the siege on the Strip completely."
The Swedish-owned, Finnish-flagged Estelle left Naples in Italy on October 7 with about 30 people from eight countries, carrying items like cement, basketballs and musical instruments.
The voyage marked the latest challenge to the air, land and sea embargo of Gaza that Israel imposed after Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
Activists have sent a series of blockade-defying vessels to Gaza, most of which have been similarly diverted to Ashdod.
In 2010, an Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed nine Turkish activists on board, sparking international condemnation that forced Israel to ease much of its blockade, although it maintains restrictions on key exports and imports of raw materials.
Israeli officials say they need to enforce the blockade to prevent weapons smuggling.
Hamas called for more attempts to break the sea blockade.
Activists say the blockade amounts to collective punishment of Gaza's 1.6 (m) million residents, denying them the chance to trade and travel freely.
Neighbouring Egypt continues to impose restrictions at its passenger crossing with Gaza.
The blockade has deepened the hardships in Gaza, where three in four residents rely on United Nations food aid to get by, according to UN figures.
Israeli Defence Ministry spokesman Joshua Hantman said the goods onboard would be checked before entering Gaza through the Israeli-controlled land crossing, Kerem Shalom.