On June 26, 2011, Israel issued a warning to international media sources, threatening both deportation and a 10 year ban from the country for any journalist caught on board any aid flotillas bound for the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip has been under a naval blockade since 2007, when Hamas, designated by the US State Department as a terrorist organization, was elected and became the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority. The blockade was violated in 2010 by a Turkish aid flotilla, resulting in an Israeli commando raid that left nine dead and many wounded. In June 2012, the UN and 50 aid groups signed a joint statement urging Israel to end the blockade, calling it a violation of international law.
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