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Freedom Flotilla heads to Gaza

May 31, 2010

Update 6am: MSM has confirmed that Israeli commandos boarded ships in international waters.  Reports of between 2 and 10 deaths and over 30 wounded are still unconfirmed.

Update 4:35am:  Live streaming and contact from the flotilla are reporting the Turkish ships have been stormed by the Israeli navy and there are unconfirmed reports of deaths and injuries.  Contact has been lost with the smaller ships.  The BBC is reporting that ‘interception’ happened 150km from shore, which means the Freedom Flotilla was still in international waters and strongly suggests piracy if the unconfirmed reports are true.

The Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla, carrying activists, media and humanitarian aid, is currently heading towards Gaza. At present they are 80 miles away and already being harassed by Israeli warships despite being in international waters.

The naval military zone is usually 20 nautical miles from shore but,

organisers of the flotilla say that the state is rumoured to have extended its naval military zone from 20 nautical miles off the coast to 68 miles, which states usually do at times of war.

Live streaming from can be seen here and you can follow the twitter hashtag #flotilla for developments from the flotilla and also assorted hasbara. Abbas Al Lawati, aboard the flotilla, has been blogging here and tweeting under the name @allawati.

A rundown of the six remaining ships in the flotilla can be found here. H/T @TenPercent

Some useful facts and links on the Gaza siege here and here. H/T @NewLeftProject

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy permalink
    May 31, 2010 12:31

    Some of the best radio coverage I’ve heard, particularly at length on the hour and half-hour, has been on RFI ‘monde’ then ‘Ecouter RFI ‘Direct Monde’

  2. Lucy permalink
    May 31, 2010 13:00

    Israeli forces kill 20 unarmed civilians on board Gaza aid flotilla

    2 – 4pm DOWNING STREET
    Monday 31 May


    20 unarmed civilians on board the international humanitarian aid
    flotilla to Gaza have been killed by Israeli naval forces.

    Israeli commandos descending from helicopters stormed the six-boat
    flotilla in the early hours of Monday (31) morning, while it was in
    international waters, about 90 miles (150km) from Gaza, where Israel
    has no jurisdiction.

    The death toll rose steadily from around 2am. Dozens more have been injured.

    European and Turkish parliamentarians, and citizens from countries
    including the USA, Malaysia and across Europe were on board the
    flotilla, attempting to break the siege.

  3. May 31, 2010 14:19

    Thanks Lucy. The Downing Street protest looks like it is a large one. Be careful with the figures of reported deaths. The flotilla have said two – other higher numbers are from the IDF.

  4. Lucy permalink
    June 4, 2010 15:59

    Here’s something new:

    EDL step up their Jewish recruitment
    Extreme-right English Defence League sets up ‘Jewish division’ to lead the fight ‘against jihad’

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