However, the recent developments in Gaza have ensured that Israel has tightened its blockade on the coastal enclave after imposing additional restrictions on the entry of goods, particularly raw and construction materials, which threatens an unprecedented escalation of the humanitarian crisis.
This is not the first time that a flotilla has traveled to Gaza in an effort to draw attention to the campaign to end the blockade.
The group argued that the supplies the activists had with them were a "small but important contribution to the increasingly dire medical situation" in Gaza.
An global flotilla, meant to draw the world's attention to the suffering of Palestinians under an inhumane Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, is nearing the coastal enclave's waters.
The vessel Al-Awda, carrying 22 activists from around the world on a humanitarian mission to Gaza, is believed to have been seized by Israeli Defence Forces 48 nautical miles from the Palestinian city.
The Israeli Embassy in Oslo has referred to the boat and the activists on board as "a political provocation".
"The embassy in Tel Aviv has contact with Israeli authorities in connection with the case", Andersen said. It said the incident passed "without exceptional events" and that the ship is being taken to an Israeli port.
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The Navy transferred the ship to the Port of Ashdod in southern Israel, the military said.
Earlier this month, Israel signed a warrant defining Palestinian television channel Al-Quds a terrorist organization and prohibiting its operations in Israel.
"While in October 2010 10 peace flotilla activists were killed when their vessel was boarded by Israeli commandos, there haven't been any killings I understand since then, although there have been further flotillas".
The blockade has pushed Gaza's two million people deeper into poverty with unprecedented unemployment rates.
The ongoing Gaza strip blockade; including land, air, and sea, was imposed by Israel and Egypt since 2007.
"So two boats are now currently making their way toward the Gaza Strip", he said.
Israel says that Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, is using the protests as a cover for cross-border attacks.
Most of the Palestinians killed were members of the Hamas terror group, according to the group itself.