The Israeli navy today intercepted a ship carrying 20 foreign peace activists, including former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.

The activists were trying to break an Israeli blockade of Gaza. Instead, they were forced to sail to an Israeli port, according to the Associated Press.

The Israeli government issued a statement saying the Greek-registered freighter Arion ignored a radio message saying it would not be allowed to enter Gaza waters and ordering it to turn back.

The statement said naval personnel boarded the small vessel without any shots being fired.

Also onboard were Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and other activists from Britain, Ireland, Bahrain and Jamaica.

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