FIRST... Let’s start off with what happened to start all this mess....Demonstrators Use Violence Against Israeli Navy Soldiers Attempting To Board Ship
Early this morning, IDF Naval Forces boarded six ships attempting to break the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israeli Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid supplies which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections..During the boarding of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose..As a result of this life-threatening and violent activity, naval forces employed riot dispersal means, as well as live fire..According to initial reports, these events resulted in the deaths of nine demonstrators and seven naval personnel were injured, some from gunfire and some from various other weapons. Two of the soldiers are moderately wounded and the remainder sustained light injuries. All of the injured, Israelis and foreigners have been evacuated by helicopter to hospitals in Israel..Reports from IDF forces on the scene are that it seems as if part of the participants onboard the ships were planning to lynch the forces..The interception of the flotilla followed numerous warnings given to the organizers of the flotilla before leaving their ports as well as while sailing towards the Gaza Strip. In these warnings, it was made clear to the organizers that they could dock in the Ashdod sea port and unload the equipment they are carrying in order to deliver it to the Gaza Strip in an orderly manner, following the appropriate security checks. Upon expressing their unwillingness to cooperate and arrive at the port, it was decided to board the ships and lead them to Ashdod..IDF naval personnel encountered severe violence, including use of weaponry prepared in advance in order to attack and to harm them. The forces operated in adherence with operational commands and took all necessary actions in order to avoid violence, but to no avail.
Info/Video originally posted on YouTube, May 31, 2010 by idfnadesk
.> Read much more HERE... along with photos, videos and more from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.******************************.'We Will Never Apologize for Defending Ourselves'
About this video from FoxNews.com: Israeli PM Netanyahu says raid of Gaza flotilla was justified; accuses international community of hypocrisy............................................................................Also today, we find the following reports...
'20 people threw me from deck' .> Also from YnetNews.com today is the following article and it starts like this... Netanyahu defends raid on Gaza-bound flotilla in special speech, [from his office today], says if siege on Strip had been broken, hundreds more ships would arrive. 'There is an Iranian port in Gaza, which threatens Europe, other countries'...Read this report in full at link below...PM: I am proud of soldiers
Going to be one LONG a.. Summer!This is just the beginning of things to come...And I truly believe is the beginnings of the 2010 WARAubreyJ………