Israeli forces have seized an Irish-owned ship bound for Gaza after boarding the vessel close to the shore in the Mediterranean. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the Irish-Malaysian ship MV Rachel Corrie had been boarded: "There was full compliance from the crew and passengers on board". Eleven people are on board the vessel which is carrying 1,000 tonnes of building, educational and healthcare supplies. It comes after the White House urged the activists to comply with Israeli requests to dock at the port of Ashdod for safety reasons. But Irish foreign affairs minister Micheal Martin said he fully accepted their decision to continue with their mission. "If, as is their stated intention, the Israeli government intercepts the Rachel Corrie, the Government demands that it demonstrate every restraint," Mr Martin warned. Nine people were left dead and hundreds of activists seized and taken to Israel when troops stormed a flotilla of nine ships on Monday morning.