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A small boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists has sailed into Gaza's port, in the fourth such violation of an Israeli blockade on the coastal territory.

Three other protest boats have reached Gaza from Cyprus since Israel imposed the closure on the Hamas-ruled territory in response to rocket fire by Palestinian militants. The activists said they wanted to highlight the damaging effects of Israel's blockade.

Israel has recently halted two other boats bound for Gaza - one from Libya and one carrying Israeli Arab activists from Israel.

Among the new arrivals Tuesday were British activists who advocate a boycott of Israel's universities.

Also on board was a Gazan man who left the territory years ago.

His wife and children wept with joy as they embraced him. Relatives refused to say why he had left, or why he had been unable to come back.