Monday, May 31, 2010

Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet


"Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships aiming to break the country's siege on Gaza.

At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when troops intercepted the convoy of ships dubbed the Freedom Flotilla early on Monday, the Israeli military said.

The flotilla was attacked in international waters, 65km off the Gaza coast.

Israeli Military spokeswoman, Avital Leibovich, confirmed that the attack took place in international waters, saying: "This happened in waters outside of Israeli territory, but we have the right to defend ourselves [Israel Uber Alles??]."

Footage from the flotilla's lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara, showed armed Israeli soldiers boarding the ship and helicopters flying overhead.

Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, on board the Mavi Marmara, said Israeli troops had used live ammunition during the operation......"

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