Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship


The Israeli navy has stormed at least one of a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, amid reports of casualties on board.

Organisers of the aid flotilla say 30 people were hurt in the confrontation. Israel has made no comment.

The interception reportedly took place in international waters, more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip in an effort to break an Israeli blockade.

Turkish TV pictures taken on board the ship show Israeli soldiers fighting to control passengers.

Some reports suggest two people were killed in the clashes.

The footage showed a number of people, apparently injured, lying on the ground. The sound of gunshots could be heard. It is not clear whether the fighting is ongoing.

“Provocation’

The six-ship flotilla left international waters off the coast of Cyprus on Sunday and was expected to arrive in Gaza later on Monday.

Israel has said it would stop the boats, calling the campaign a “provocation intended to delegitimise Israel”.

An economic blockade was imposed by Israel after the Islamist movement Hamas took power in Gaza.

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

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

Hamas, a militant palestinian group that controls the Gaza strip, has fired thousands of rockets into Israel over the past decade.

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Posted on 2010/05/31, in From The Editors, The World Today and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Lawyer of the Gaza flotilla who is in Israel just reported that up to ten people have been killed by Israeli commands. The number of deaths is being confirmed at theist time. The flotilla with aid for Gaza is under control of the Israeli navy at this time.
    The flotilla is carrying construction materials to help rebuild Gaza after the Israeli war; three quarters of Gaza has not yet been repaired or rebuilt. The flotilla is also carrying such things as water filters and medical supplies. (No weapons are being carried by the flotilla.)
    The Israeli commando entered the boat and started shooting into a crowd of unarmed people.

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