Monday, May 16, 2011

The Israeli army pushed back to a ship bound for Gaza with air trips

The Israeli army drove them back with shots in the air on Monday to a merchant ship sailing under Moldovan flag into the waters of the Gaza Strip, under a sea blockade by Israel. "What has happened is that a merchant ship from [the Egyptian port of] El Arish, which was parked a couple of days, went this morning to the waters of the Gaza Strip.

He was contacted by radio by a unit of Army, and when asked for his course replied that on his way to Gaza, "an Israeli army spokesman. As she approached the area in which Israel established a blockade, the Israeli Navy "made several warning shots in the air and the boat turned and retreated," said the spokesman.

The boat had been rented by a Foundation of Malaysia. Israel is preparing for the arrival next month of June, a flotilla of ships chartered by international NGOs and support movements for the Palestinian cause has announced it will try to break the blockade to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza under blockade by land, sea and air since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in the territory in June 2007.

The Malaysian government strongly condemned the attack by the Israel Navy. "Malaysia calls on Israel to cease military action and dramatic violence against unarmed passengers (the mission) Spirit of Rachel Corrie," said Malaysian Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, in a statement posted on the ministry website.

The twelve passengers and crew of the ship 'Finch' is found safe and sound in the Egyptian port of El Arish, where they were escorted by a navy ship from Egypt to the radio requesting assistance after two Israeli ship hem them and fired four warning shots to back out. "Any Israeli military action against an unarmed ship carrying civilians and humanitarian assistance only make worse the negative perception that the international community of Israel", said the Malaysian foreign minister.

Israel said the ship carrying humanitarian aid to repair the Palestinian health system and sailed from Greece last week, had entered into a militarized zone.

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