donderdag 27 mei 2010

Israel voorbereid op nieuwe "Free Gaza" vloot


"If they decide to continue sailing and do not listen to the instructions then they will be stopped, brought to Israel and treated by the Interior Ministry which will return them to the countries they came from," an IDF statement said.

According to the statement, the IDF will unload the supplies and transfer the shipment to the Gaza Strip after it underwent an inspection to ensure that it did not include weaponry.

 
Dat lijkt me niet meer dan redelijk, maar zal door de activisten en door Israel critici natuurlijk weer als zware onderdrukking en geweld tegen weerloze burgers worden uitgelegd. Dat men de activisten de mogelijkheid ontzegt met Hamas leiders samen op de foto te kunnen en Gaza paspoorten van hen in ontvangst te mogen nemen, is natuurlijk een grove schending van het internationaal recht. Nu moet men de Hamas op afstand een hart onder de riem steken, en kan men ze niet persoonlijk feliciteren met hun overwinning op Israel vorig jaar winter en op Fatah tijdens de coup van drie jaar geleden.
 
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The Jerusalem Post
Navy prepares for arrival of flotilla


Drills include commandeering of ships, which could induce violence.
 
 
Fearing that provocateurs will be on board the flotilla of international aid ships heading to the Gaza Strip, the Israel Navy has been training with crowd-dispersion techniques which it may need to use to commandeer the vessels.

The Navy has held a number of drills in recent weeks to prepare for the arrival of the flotilla which is expected to try and break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on Gaza and dock in the newly-expanded port there.

The drills included the commandeering of the ships which could, military sources said Wednesday, include violent clashes depending on the response by the passengers on the vessels.

"We will do everything to ensure that the operation runs smoothly but are prepared for every possible scenario," one defense official explained.

On Wednesday evening, the IDF announced that it was planning to stop the flotilla of nine ships that are carrying hundreds of activists and thousands of tons of supplies. The IDF said that it planned to intercept the ships as they approached the Gaza Strip and urge them to turn around.

IDF: Shipment will be transferred to Gaza following inspection
"If they decide to continue sailing and do not listen to the instructions then they will be stopped, brought to Israel and treated by the Interior Ministry which will return them to the countries they came from," an IDF statement said.

According to the statement, the IDF will unload the supplies and transfer the shipment to the Gaza Strip after it underwent an inspection to ensure that it did not include weaponry.

Meanwhile Wednesday, the IDF continued its media blitz against the flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza organization, and released data claiming that all of the supplies the ships were carrying were already transferred by Israel to Gaza via land crossings on a regular basis.

"This flotilla is a provocation that is not needed considering the humanitarian situation in Gaza which is stable and good," said Col. Moshe Levi, commander of the IDF's Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration. Levi said that 100 trucks, loaded with supplies, enter Gaza on a daily basis and that in the past two months over 1,200 tons of medical supplies were transferred to the ship.
 
 

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