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Monday, May 31, 2010

Turkish media claim 2 dead, 'dozens' injured in IDF boarding of ships

Turkish media is reporting that at least 2 people have been killed (I've seen reports as high as 10) and 'dozens' were injured when IDF commandos boarded the ships of fools comprising the 'Gaza flotilla' in the early hours of Monday morning.
Hundreds of Israelis commandos boarded the ships at once, firing guns and employing gas, according to Al-Jazeera.

Al-Jazeera reported Turkish leaders calling an emergency meeting to discuss responses to the attack at sea. The Israeli ambassador in Turkey was called in to offer explanations, according to a report.
The Turks ought to be told that they committed an act of war by sending the ships, that they should have done what the Cypriots did and barred them, and that if they don't keep their big Islamic mouths shut the bombs will start hitting Ankara.
Prime Minister Haniyeh of Hamas came on Al-Jazeera to condemn the “brutal attack” and call on the UN to intervene on the activists behalf.

Apparently, IDF attempts to prevent broadcasting from the ships were unable to block the Turkish camera crew on board one of the ships.

The flotilla's change of course earlier in the night to force the confrontation with the navy to occur in daylight seemed to have succeeded. The attack began still under cover of dark, but continued in daylight.

Earlier tonight, the IDF contacted the boats by radio, clarified that the Gaza Strip is a closed military zone and offered the sailors two options: to follow the navy to Ashdod Port or be commandeered by commandos, according to flotilla organizers.

The initial contact took place about 200 km. off the Gaza Coast. Flotilla organizers said they detected three Israel Navy ships on the radar.

Passengers on the ships were instructed to don life vests as organizers warned of potential Israeli violence.

Israel Radio quoted the flotilla’s organizers as saying they did not expect the navy to meet them so far out at sea.
The problem is that the IDF has thus far been silent about what happened. Instead, the Turks and Hamas are dominating the media reports.

4 Comments:

At 8:32 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Kill them all and blow up the ships!

Israel needs to send a message repeating such hostile conduct will exact a very high price in the future.

Any act of aggression against Israel will incur severe consequences.

That's what any normal self respecting country would do in the face of belligerent provocation.

Its high time Israel began acting like one.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Time to ARM the Kurds fighting Turkey....

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no confirmed reports, but up to 19 idiots dead....10 idf navy personnel wounded.

carl, what was the idf thinking?

didnt they know that no matter how this turned out, it would be used against them?

why do the boarding....why not just surround the flotilla and lead them into ashdod....or hold them at sea?

notice that what the turks just did to the kurds has been put on the back pages.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger kranky said...

It really is time to stop playing nice and demand that the EU and US grow the heck up. A terrorist is a terrorist and a terror supporter tries to support terrorists in Gaza.

Israel should not be even remotely apologetic for this. Lives were lost as morons played politics with their cannon fodder civilians.

Israel should demand compensation from Turkey for mounting this operation, hold Turkey and any and every supporting government responsible in a legal and political sense for this. It is a tragedy that could have been avoided had the governments acted like responsible entities.

Its time to hold their feet to the fire about this.

Get on the airwaves, on TV, on the blogs, and show the rank hypocrisy of the participants, the governments, and those who rushed to condemn before the facts were visible.

Hold them accountable, publicly, and forcefully.

 

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