This morning reports came in of an Israeli raid on a Gazan aid convoy flotilla. According to CNN, the raid left 9 dead and approximately 20 wounded. There were six flotillas and all were boarded by Israeli forces with only one boat giving resistance, the Mavi Mamara. The majority of the dead are said to be Turkish. According to the Israeli police, 16 activists have been to jail and approximately 700 are to be deported.
The Israeli Defense Forces claimed the soldier’s lives were in danger citing violence with the use of “severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs.” Here is the Israeli version of the incident.
White House spokesman Bill Burton commented saying that the US “deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy.” More should come from the White House and it should be interesting to see how they handle the situation given that many see the Jerusalem & Washington relationship strained of late.
A number of countries have commented on the incident most condemning it as an act of violence by the Israelis and some are desiring investigation into the incident. There is to be a UN Security Council meeting today at 1PM ET.
Turkey naturally being the most outspoken and most active about this incident. Ankara halted military exercises with Israel, recalled their ambassador from Israel, and apparently wants supplies escorted to Gaza with their Navy.
More to be reported on this developing incident.Published in