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Israeli commandos seize Gaza flotilla ship
07-19-2011, 08:30 PM
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Israeli commandos seize Gaza flotilla ship
Quote:The boat was boarded shortly after midday by naval commandos from the elite Shayetet 13 unit on the orders of IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz after efforts to persuade activists to divert course failed. IDF sources claim the ship was taken without incident.

IDF spokesperson Captain Barak Raz spoke with the Telegraph from Jonah Hill, overlooking the military port at Ashdod: "After making several attempts to communicate with the crew of the Al-Karame it became clear they were going to continue on their route to Gaza.

"IDF navy soldiers boarded the boat in as professional a manner possible, checked the crew and provided them with food and water. The ship was taken quickly and as far as I understand without incident."

The yacht is currently being led by Israeli navy ships to the port at Ashdod. There the activists will be handed over by the IDF to the police and immigration officials.

Micky Rosenfeld, spokesperson for the Israeli police force, said that the foreign activists would be taken to the airport and extradited immediately. He added: "We understand there are two Israelis on-board. They will be held at Ashdod port for questioning." Amira Hass, a prominent Israeli journalist and outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation, is among the passengers.

The activists report their ship was approached by three Israeli warships fifty miles off the coast of Gaza at 10.30am local time and asked to declare their destination. The crew's captain responded that they were heading for Gaza. Shortly afterwards communication with fellow activists still in Athens was cut off.

The Al-Karame, which sailed from Corfu on Monday, is the first ship in a flotilla of 350 pro-Palestinian activists that has managed to leave Greek waters. Flotilla activists claim Israel is behind a series of bureaucratic restrictions and technical failures that have prevented the group from sailing towards Gaza since early this month.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...-ship.html

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07-19-2011, 11:24 PM
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RE: Israeli commandos seize Gaza flotilla ship
Kept that one quiet didn't they. Funny how the Torygraph picked it up though.

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07-19-2011, 11:39 PM
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RE: Israeli commandos seize Gaza flotilla ship
I'm sure the pirates will soon produce "evidence" that the ship was transporting "weapons".

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