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"We will not let any ships reach Gaza and supply what has become a terrorist base threatening the heart of Israel," deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai told public radio.
UN Security Council called for an impartial investigation into the Israeli attack against a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, and the immediate release of all civilians.
7:25am Arab League representative at the U.N. Yahya Mahmasani: The presidential draft statement does not include a clause on lifting the siege off Gaza. It focuses on allowing the entry of humanitarian aid to the strip.
Israel transfers hundreds of flotilla activists for questioning (DPA)
New boats headed to Gaza to challenge blockade (AP)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday accused Israel of planning a "massive attack" against Gaza.
In a speech broadcast by state television Ahmadinejad said an attack would provoke "a storm of anger in the region uproot" the Jewish state. (AFP)
Organizers of the Gaza aid flotilla say they're sending two more ships to the area within the next few days, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza Movement says a cargo boat is already on the way to challenge the blockade on the Gaza Strip. She says a second boat carrying about three dozen passengers is expected to join it.
* Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran has precise information that Israel is planning a "massive attack" on Gaza.
* U.N. rights council to hold urgent debate on Gaza flotilla raid, official said.
* Russia and the European Union called for a "full and impartial" probe into Israel's raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip, in a joint statement from their summit.
Al-Jazeera: Turkish PM Erdogan meets with high-ranking officials to discuss Israeli raid
Al-Manar: Israeli soldiers kidnap Lebanese shepherd near Wazzani River
The squadron consists of two frigates MEKO-200T, two OHPerry and oil "Akar" belonging to the power of the Mediterranean Sield
* Al-Jazeera: Turkish PM Erdogan discusses the Israeli raid on the Freedom Fleet with the Minister of Defense, the Director of Intelligence and the army's second-in-command.
* Al-Jazeera: Seikh Raed Salah is still in police custody and Israel demands an extension of his detention.
Turkey sends planes to bring back flotilla victims (DPA)
Government confirms six Italians from Gaza flotilla held in Israel (DPA)
Turkish Energy Minister: Turkey may examine energy ties with Israel (Reuters)
12:20pm Hizbullah MP Nawar al-Sahili to al-Jadeed: The Turkish stance is more honorable than the attitude of most Arab regimes.
12:16pm MP Ghanem called for a complaint against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
* Ireland's foreign minister called for the immediate release of seven Irish nationals detained on the Gaza aid flotilla, calling their arrest by Israel "simply not acceptable."
A while ago, from the greek tv channels (NET and Ski tv) from the interviews of the 6 people who came back to Athens.
(interview at the airport)
These people were the crew of the greek ship Eleytheri Mesogeios, the captain kai sailors.
What they said.
Eleytheri Mesogeios was one of the cargo ship with less people on board but with the humanitarian aid, prokat houses, bricks, tiles, medicine, wheeling chairs, clothes, school bags etc. It also had some greek and a few foreigner passengers on board. (6 crew and 22 passengers -8 of them foreigners)
This was the last ship which was attacked. The captain Stylianakis and the sailor Grigorakis talked about what happend.
They were watching the attack on the other ships for sometime, and they were sailing about half a mile away from the turkish Mavi Marmara which to their surprise, it was the first one that was attacked, though it was a cruiser with only people on board, about 500. The turkish ship also was the one with most of the foreigners, mps and tv channel crews.
The Marmara ship had locked its satellite communication so the israelis couldnt "break" it, this is why they had live feed during the attack.
From Mesogeios they heard gunshots and saw flares (fires) and they decided to move away while they were in communication with the Greek authorities.
When the israelis approached them, and asked them to "surrender" they informed the greek authorities and waited for order. In the meanwhile the commantos climbed on the ship, where there was no resistant, only some people tried to block them with their bodies to reach the bridge and taken videos and pictures. The israelis threw tear gus (one said inside the meeting room as well) and they shot the blockers by plastic bullets and one was electroshocked.
When the Israelis arrested the crew and passengers, some were bitten in order to give away their cameras, videos, cellphones and laptops. Then they moved them in small rooms and locked them there. They didnt provide them water, food and if someone asked to go to the toilet the commandos said 'later'. After some time they ascorted them there.
They were given papers to sign (agree to their deportation) which they didnt sign, and were questioned on who they are and what they were doing there. Which again they answered only in a few.
Then the ship was guided to the port of Ashdod and the crew of 6 were deported to Greece (without any personal belongings -one said that he insisted so they gave him back this wallet-, the sailor said he never signed to be deported. They arrived in Athens a few time ago.
Erdogan : Israel should end it's siege on Gaza NOW and should allow humanitarian aid into Gaza
Erdogan : Do not test Turkey's patience on these matters
Erdogan : Lying has become Israel's policy
Erdogan : Israel is defying the 32 countries that have participated and should be punished for that
Erdogan : The killing of innocent is despicable, Israel does not abide with war and peace ethics
Medvedev: Loss of lives in Gaza ship raid "absolutely unjustified."
Erdogan: The Israeli massacre is a blow to global peace.
Erdogan:Aid ships were searched before heading to Gaza.
Erdogan says Israel “must definitely be punished” for raid
BREAKING ON AL-JAZEERA : Correspondent says Egypt decides to open it's border with Gaza for humanitarian aid
Erdogan to speak to Obama tonight to tell him what really happened
1:55pm Former Minister Wadih al-Khazen quoted Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir as saying that the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid boat is a crime against humanity.
* Mubarak orders opening of Rafah border crossing with Gaza.
Kuwait withdraws from the Arab Peace Initiative in protest at Israel's raid on Freedom Fleet.
Hamas: UN Security Council statement is incomplete and does not solve the problem.
AFP reports at least four Turks among dead in Israeli ship raid
France urges "immediate release" of civilians held in Israel.
Al-Jazeera: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urges Israel to put an end to its blockade of Gaza.
Activists from Gaza flotilla call clashes "extremely bad and brutal" (AP)
Lieberman on UN call for probe: International community is two-faced (Haaretz)
Lebanon's military fired anti-aircraft artillery at Israeli warplanes that were flying over Lebanon, a senior Israeli security official said on Tuesday.
"Our aircraft have been targeted by the Lebanese anti-aircraft guns while flying over southern Lebanon, and there was no damage," the official who requested the anonymity told AFP.
A military spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Hamas urges world to cut Israel ties, end blockade (Reuters)
MK Ben Simon: Barak should quit because of botched Gaza flotilla raid (Haaretz)
Israeli envoy to UN rights council: Turkish flotilla activists have links to Hamas (Reuters)
Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Israel over deadly Gaza flotilla raid (Army Radio)
Foreign Ministry orders families of Turkey diplomats to leave the country (Army Radio)
Foreign Ministry orders families of diplomats in Turkey to return to Israel (AP)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a security meeting at Prime Ministry HQ at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 15:56
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a security meeting at Prime Ministry HQ at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
National Security Council (MGK) member ministers, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, commanders of forces, and other authorities will attend the meeting.
Deputy prime ministers, justice, national defense, interior and foreign ministers are the MGK-member ministers.
National Union: Gov't must put IDF soldiers' attackers on trial after Gaza flotilla raid (Ch. 10)
Jordan's Abdullah demands international probe into Gaza flotilla events (Army Radio)
Gazans cross border after Egypt lifts blockade (AP)
Originally posted by Jobeycool
It is the reailty of the world we live in,this thing is going to escalate into Iran eventually.
Gaza activists receive funding for three more ships in new flotilla, 'Freedom 2' (Haaretz)
Rachel Corrie ship's crewmembers determined to continue journey to Gaza (Reuters)
Ehud Barak tells naval commandos: You carried out your mission (Army Radio)
Turkey's Foreign Minister says 'it's time calm replaces anger' (Reuters)
Turkey FM accuses Israel of kidnapping people on aid ships in international waters (AP)
12:30pm Speaker Nabih Berri urged Arab FMs to take a united stance to break the Israeli siege of Gaza and support the Turkish stance.
11:36am Jamaa Islamiyah: Arab FMs should adopt a stronger approach against Israel and it continuous siege of Palestinians in Gaza.
"They attacked us in international waters. That was a pure act of piracy in international waters on a peace fleet."
The weapons the Israelis displayed were cooking knives, a hammer. This was a big merchant ship, of course it's going to have a hammer, of course it's going to have galley knives," he said.
Israel attacked ships 'without warning,' freed activists say (Reuters)
Egypt lets generators into Gaza, first time since war (Reuters)
Pope: Tragic Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla provokes more violence (DPA)
Irish leader Gerry Adams: Only dialogue will solve Mideast conflict (DPA)
5:50pm President Suleiman and Syrian President Assad discussed in a phone call "the repercussions of the Israeli crime against the Freedom Fleet."
British PM Cameron calls for end to Gaza blockade (AP)
Defense officials: Hamas refuses to accept aid cargo from Gaza flotilla (Israel Radio)
Algeria police block protest against Israel's raid on Gaza flotilla outside U.S. Embassy (AP)
Arab MK Zoabi: Why did you not publish the pictures of the 10 victims who died? (Haaretz)
Arab MK Zoabi: Why is Israel against an international probe? (Haaretz)
Arab MK Zoabi: Every moral politician objects to the siege on Gaza (Haaretz)
Arab MK Zoabi: The siege on 1.5 million people is illegal, inhumane (Haaretz)
The United Nations Human Rights Council voted over U.S. opposition to authorize an independent international investigation of Israel’s raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, which left nine people dead.
The resolution was adopted today by a 32-3 vote, with nine abstentions. The U.S., Netherlands and Italy voted against the measure.
Berlin will slash the upper limit on forces available for UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) to 300 from 800, deputy government spokesman Christoph Steegmans told a regular briefing.
Ireland renewed an "urgent" appeal to Israel on Wednesday to allow a new Irish aid boat to reach Gaza, after Israeli raids on a flotilla which left nine people dead.
The MV Rachel Corrie -- thought to be carrying 15 people including a Nobel Prize winner and a former senior United Nations official -- is in the Mediterranean en route to Gaza, where it could arrive next Monday.
On Tuesday, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the Rachel Corrie must be allowed to reach Gaza and warned of "the most serious consequences" if Irish citizens were injured.
Syria's ambassador to the Arab League, Youssef Ahmed, on Tuesday urged members to "halt all forms of normalization with the Jewish State," including the closure of Israeli embassies in member countries.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter condemns Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla (AP)
Irish official: Expel Israel embassy officer over Dubai passport fraud (Haaretz)
Ban Ki-moon: Israel must provide full account of events surrounding Gaza incident (Haaretz)
International press groups protest Israel's crackdown on flotilla journalists (Haaretz)
Turkish hackers break into Tel Aviv municipality computer system (Haaretz)
Netanyahu: Iran continues to send weapons to Gaza, Hamas (Haaretz)
Blair urges Israel to lift Gaza blockade (Reuters)
"The build-up of Hizbullah's military capabilities does not strengthen Lebanon and I don't think that Hizbullah would use its weapons in the Lebanese interior, but it is very important that these arms be placed under the command of the State."
Over the past few years the Palestinian issue, which has seen the rise of the fundamentalist Hamas in Gaza, has in many respects been downgraded from an international conflict into a complex local issue.
Israel’s deadly attack on Monday on an unarmed Turkish aid ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza has overnight changed this, sparking protest rallies across the Muslim world.
Angela Merkel calls for Mideast Quartet to be included in Gaza flotilla probe (AP)