CNN Video: Israeli Patrol Boat Rams Gaza Relief Vessel (8:36)

“An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying medical volunteers and supplies to Gaza early Tuesday as it attempted to intercept the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said.

The Dignity arrives in Tyre, Lebanon, after it was reportedly rammed by an Israeli military vessel Tuesday.

1 of 3 CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. When the boat later docked in the Lebanese port city of Tyre, severe damage was visible to the forward port side of the boat, and the front left window and part of the roof had collapsed. It was flying the flag of Gibraltar.

The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists from the Free Gaza Solidarity Movement — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.

Also on board was former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney.

Palmor called those allegations ‘absurd.’

‘There is no intention on the part of the Israeli navy to ram anybody,’ Palmor said.

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McKinney on boat in Gaza crash 1:37
A former U.S. congresswoman was on a volunteer ship during a clash with the Israeli Navy. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin reports.

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