A boat to Gaza...

Article published on May 31, 2010
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Article published on May 31, 2010
Press Releases initiative a boat to Gaza On Monday the 31st of May, at 4:50, Special Forces of the Israeli army attacked against the vessels of the fleet of Liberty by helicopters and boats using real fire.

The result of the pirate attack, which took place in international waters 80 nautical miles of the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip were an unspecified number of deaths (10 so far has acknowledged the Israeli army) and more than 30 wounded, mostly in Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara.

We condemn the terrorist state of Israel, for yet another act of international piracy against citizens of 50 countries that carried humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza.

a boat to GazaThe chronicle of the Israeli mission

The attack began shortly before 5 am to 5 of the 6 ships captured by Israeli commandos. At 4:50 there was contact with the Greek ship "Freedom of the Mediterranean" via satellite telephone, the Greek head of mission to confirm that it was attacked with real ammunition against the two cruise ships, the Greek and Turkish Sfendoni Mavi Marmara with helicopters and inflatable .

The two ships were taken. The "Freedom of the Mediterranean", refused to obey the orders of the Israeli Navy and tried to continue her voyage to Gaza. Subsequently, the Greek "Free Mediterranean" changed its route, but acknowledged that, has been attacked around 6 to10. As broadcast site digitalship.shiptogaza to 05.30 there was contact with the ship "Freedom of the Mediterranean" via satellite phone. The occupants said they were captured ships are Greek nationals who have been arrested and mistreated. The last words before the connection would "they are climbing on board with hasp, we are under arrest."

free gaza The television network Al Jazeera in Arabic-speaking broadcast reported that there is a Greek seriously injured who refuses to accept treatment by Israeli authorities and ask to be transferred to Greece and speaks Greek injuring three more. From what have become known in Israel called three hospitals to be ready to accept casualties.

Since then the contact was lost with all passengers were arrested and detained by Israeli authorities and transmit such international news agencies, the military operation in Mavi Marmara Turkish ship was still underway until 11:00 CET. In images broadcast by Turkish media heard live ammunition while commandos appear to use some kind of spray to neutralize the passengers.


Israel had repeatedly said it would stop the boats, calling the campaign a "provocation intended to delegitimise Israel".

Israel and Egypt tightened a blockade of Gaza after the Islamist movement Hamas took power there in 2007.

Israel says it allows about 15,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid into Gaza every week.

But the United Nations says this is less than a quarter of what is needed.

The incident comes a day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington after one of the most strained periods in US-Israeli relations in years.