Israeli commandos have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships in international waters, off the coast of the Gaza Strip, killing up to 19 people on board.
here is a plea for solidarity from the flotilla –
Dozens of others were injured when troops raided the convoy of six ships, dubbed the Freedom Flotilla, early on Monday.
Israel said activists on board attacked its commandos as they boarded the ships, while the flotilla’s organisers said the Israeli forces opened fire first, as soon as they stormed the convoy.
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, gave his “full backing” to the military forces after the raid.
“The prime minister… reiterated his full backing for the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] and inquired about the well-being of the wounded,” his office told the AFP news agency.
He also said Israel regretted the loss of life in the raid.
Israeli media reported that many of the dead were Turkish nationals.
see the bbc try to justify the israeli massacre of unarmed activists…and an israeli official refers to the activists as “terrorists.”
– Israeli soldiers stormed a flotilla of six ships carrying aid for the Palestinian territory of Gaza in a pre-dawn raid on Monday, killing at least nine people, the country’s military said.
– Fifteen people captured on board the flotilla have been transferred to an Israeli prison in Beer Sheva, a spokesman for the Israeli Prison authority said Monday.
israeli propaganda video shows people defending themselves from the commando raid…be sure to watch the end, where the israeli soldiers display the arms cache the flotilla was accused of attempting to smuggle into gaza…