Jun 1, 2010

resources surrounding the recent events unfolding in and near Gaza

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Update: Gaza Flotilla
Consulate General of Israel
May 31, 2010
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Early yesterday morning, Israel Navy soldiers boarded six flotilla vessels headed for Gaza in contravention of a military closure under international law. After non-compliance, Navy soldiers boarded the ships with non-lethal weapons and were met on one of the vessels with life threatening attacks from activists using live fire ammunition, firebombs, knives and metal rods. At this point, the soldiers used force sufficient to defend their lives. Israel regrets the fatalities among the flotilla participants, and is treating the wounded in Israeli hospitals.

Click here to read the full Official Israeli Statement

Here are some videos and news items from the Israeli and international press, covering the Gaza flotilla deaths:


Israeli Navy Warns Flotilla

Activists on Board Chant Intifada Songs and Praise Martyrdom

Activists Attacking Soldiers

Violence Against Soldiers

Footage from the Boat

Israeli Commandos Board Gaza-bound Flotilla
AP report, Washington Post

News Updates

Netanyahu: I regret Flotilla Deaths
PM cancels meeting with President Obama, promises to keep him updated on developments in aftermath of incident. Said Israel had the right for self-defense.

Obama Urges Netanyahu to Get Facts on Ship Raid
Yahoo News
The White House published a cautious response. Obama "expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning's tragic events as soon as possible."

Soldier: 'It Felt Like a Lynch'
Jerusalem Post
According to the IDF, the international activists "prepared a lynch" for the soldiers who boarded the ships at about 2 a.m.

Israel Provides Medical Aid to Injured Activists
The six-ship Gaza flotilla was towed to Ashdod port. 32 activists were arrested upon arrival.
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