Monday, June 27, 2011

Israel "determined" to stop the second flotilla to Gaza

The Israeli security cabinet ordered the navy, Monday, June 27, to stop the international flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, avoiding confrontations with pro-Palestinian activists will be on board. The vessels in the fleet should from Greece in the coming days. The statement said the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued after a meeting of the security cabinet, "the State of Israel is determined to prevent the arrival of the flotilla to Gaza." The ten boats which will be the second fleet to carry Gaza militants on board twenty-two countries and humanitarian aid.

The ships can not dock in Gaza, but should be able to unload their cargo in the Israeli port of Ashdod or the Egyptian port of El-Arish. The UN, through the voice of its Secretary General, opposed the fleet. Ban Ki-moon has "written to the governments concerned to use their influence to discourage the fleets which represent a potential dangerous escalation".

In May 2010, the Israeli military intervention against the "Freedom Flotilla" had nine killed and twenty-eight wounded among the militants and ten wounded soldiers. The incident, widely condemned by the international community, had led to several demonstrations in support of Palestinians around the world.

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