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Spanish Embassy in Greece Occupied by Gaza Flotilla Protesters

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Protesters occupied Spain’s embassy in Athens in support of a demand that ships be allowed to sail to the Gaza Strip from Greek ports, an embassy spokeswoman said.

About seven protesters entered the embassy at 12:30 p.m., the spokeswoman, who declined to be identified, said by telephone. The group, who would have been with a flotilla that was prevented from setting sail at the weekend, want Spain to support the lifting of a Greek government ban on ships leaving the country’s ports bound for Gaza, the spokeswoman said.

Greece banned ships from sailing to the Gaza Strip to break Israel’s blockade on July 1. The government ordered the coastguard to take “all appropriate measures” to enforce the decision.

Israel said it won’t allow the flotilla to reach the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. A similar attempt by a previous flotilla ended in violence in which nine Turks were killed on May 31 last year.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eleni Chrepa in Athens at echrepa@bloomberg.net; Natalie Weeks in Athens at nweeks2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net

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