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Israel Stops Palestinian Flotilla from Running Blockade

By now, you may have heard that the Israeli military stopped a Palestinian bound ship and 10 people have been reportedly killed.

Here are the facts and a few videos worth watching……

• Earlier today, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted six ships attempting to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip

• The intercept took place after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israel Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod, where they would be able to unload their cargo which would then be transferred to Gaza over land after undergoing security inspections. The IDF stressed that the passengers could then return to their point of departure on the same vessels.

• During the interception of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF naval personnel with live gunfire as well as light weaponry including knives, crowbars and clubs. The demonstrators had clearly prepared weapons in advance for this specific purpose.

• According to reports from sea, on board the flotilla that was seeking to break the maritime closure on the Gaza Strip, IDF forces apprehended two violent activists holding pistols. These militants apparently grabbed the pistols from IDF forces and opened fire on the soldiers.

• The activists were carrying 10,000 tons of reported aid to Gaza. Israel provides 15,000 tons of aid weekly to Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces posted two videos on YouTube which are important to watch.  You can see these “peace” people on the flotilla trying to beat the crap out of IDF soldiers with metal pipes.  Not what you would think of when it comes to Humanitarian aid.  Watch both videos for yourself.
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A Few Additional facts:

• A number of Israeli naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and others from knives and crowbars. Two of the soldiers are moderately wounded and the remainder sustained light injuries.

• All of the injured, Israelis and foreigners, are currently being evacuated by a fleet of IDF helicopters to hospitals in Israel.

• Reports from IDF forces on the scene are that some of the participants onboard the ships had planned a lynch-mob attack, using lethal force on the boarding forces.

According to Haaretz.com, members of the United Nationals Security Council are now urging Israel to lift the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip.
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May 31, 2010 - Posted by | Israel, Israel Defense Forces, palestinians | , , , , , , , , , ,

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