Israel soldiers kill protesters trying to break Gaza blockade - Reporting from Jerusalem — — Israeli naval ships seized control of a protest flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least 10 people and sparking widespread international condemnation. Israeli television, citing foreign media reports, said the death toll could be as high as 16. "The images are certainly not pleasant. I can only voice regret at all the fatalities," Trade and Industry Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Israel's Army Radio. The raid set off a storm of international protest and drew condemnations from leaders of Spain, Sweden, France, Germany, the U.N., the European Union and Arab League. But after some initial expressions of regret, Israeli officials Monday came out strongly in defense of the raid, characterizing the protesters as hard-core extremists who had prepared an ambush for soldiers.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called the flotilla an "armada of hate and violence" that launched a "premeditated and outrageous provocation. " Free Gaza Movement (freegazaorg) IHH Insani Yardim Vakfi - live streaming video powered by Livest. Israeli commandos: Gaza flotilla crew tried to lynch us - Haaret.
WitnessGAZA - Join us live as a witness in Gaza. Participants say Gaza flotilla approached by Israeli ships - CNN. Hamas marine security take to the waters off Gaza City port on May 28 ahead of the expected flotilla.
NEW: Israeli navy contacts ships approaching, Gaza flotilla organization saysNEW: Flotilla participants say they see three Israeli navy ships on radarIsraeli naval missile boats left Haifa naval base to intercept flotilla earlierTwo pro-Palestinian groups aim to deliver tons of food and other aid, defy Israeli blockade (CNN) -- A convoy of boats carrying food and aid to the Palestinian territory of Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade is being shadowed by three Israeli warships, according to one organization participating in the flotilla.
At least one of the six boats in the flotilla have also been contacted by Israel Defense Forces radio, the Free Gaza organization reported on its Twitter page. "We didn't expect them now," said one tweet about 11 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), adding the participants thought Israeli forces would arrive Monday morning. "We are determined. Israel's Disinformation Campaign Against the Gaza Freedom Flotil. Written by Free Gaza team | 28 May 2010 Posted in News ShareThis WitnessGaza.com For over four years, Israel has subjected the civilian population of Gaza to an increasingly severe blockade, resulting in a man-made humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions. Earlier this month, John Ging, the Director of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, called upon the international community to break the siege on the Gaza Strip by sending ships loaded with humanitarian aid.
Israel claims that there is no ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Israel claims that its blockade is directed simply at the Hamas government in Gaza, and is limited to so-called 'security' items. Israel claims that if we wish to send aid to Gaza, all we need do is go through 'official channels,' give the aid to them and they will deliver it. According to former U.S.
Israel claims that we refused to deliver a letter and package from POW Gilad Shalit's father. Washington DC demands safe passage for the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Pictures from the Challenger 1, 30th May 2010.mov. Gaza flotilla drives Israel into a sea of stupidity - Haaretz Da. Cindy and Craig Corrie, US. Israel vows to halt flotilla aiming to break blockade - Middle E. Gaza hopes to welcome blockade-busting flotilla. 29 May 2010Last updated at 16:56 By Jon Donnison BBC News, Gaza City Jon Donnison reports on the flotilla's progress Preparations are under way in Gaza to receive a convoy of ships that is trying to break Israel's economic blockade of the Palestinian territory. The ships, carrying up to 10,000 tonnes of aid and human rights activists from around the world, will try to reach Gaza on Sunday. Israel is adamant it will not allow them into Gaza. The blockade was tightened in 2007 after the Islamist movement Hamas took power in Gaza.
Over the past decade Hamas has fired thousands of rockets into Israel. More Than 10 Dead After Israel Intercepts Gaza Aid Convoy - WSJ. Updated June 1, 2010 12:01 a.m.
ET TEL AVIV—At least nine pro-Palestinian activists died when Israeli commandos boarded a ship headed to the blockaded Gaza Strip early Monday, plunging Israel into a diplomatic crisis that could obstruct action on the most pressing issues in the Mideast, from U.S. -backed peace talks to sanctions against Iran. The incident drew harsh words from the Arab world and questions from foes and allies about why the operation to intercept the six-ship flotilla, for which Israel had weeks to prepare, turned deadly. The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session to consider condemning Israel's actions. The clash brought tensions with Turkey, one of Israel's few friends in the Muslim world, to a boiling point. Israel defended its actions, saying soldiers being lowered from a helicopter onto the deck of one of the ships, the Mavi Marmara—a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers—were beset by activists armed with metal poles, knives and guns.