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  1. #1 10 dead after Israel navy fires on Gaza aid flotilla that refused to turn back 
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    Israel Navy troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian activists aboard a six-ship aid flotilla sailing for the Gaza Stripearly Monday, killing at least 10 and wounding several others after the convoy ignored orders to turn back.

    NTV said between 10 and 15 people were killed, with over 60 wounded, after Israel Defense Forces vessels encountered the flotilla in international waters.



    Now, before you get worked up, know that Israel still has control over Gaza's territorial waters, and warned the ships not to violate the blockade:

    Israel Radio broadcast a recording of one of the missile boats warning the flotilla not to approach Gaza.

    "If you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade," the radio message continued.
    And the Israelis were attacked when they attempted to board the ships to steer them away from Gaza:

    The Israeli military said 10 activists were killed after its troops came under fire while intercepting the convoy.

    "Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade (of the Gaza Strip) ... During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire," a military statement said.

    The IDF earlier confirmed that two navy commandos had been wounded in fight, which apparently broke out after activists tried to sieze their weapons.

    According to the IDF, commandos who stormed the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara, the largest vessel in the convoy, encountered violent resistance from activists armed with sticks and knives.

    Activists attacked a commando with iron bars as he descended onto the ship from a helicopter, the army said. The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a "life-threatening situation".

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    The Israeli navy was operating under the assumption that the activists manning the boats would not heed their calls to turn around, and Israeli troops were prepared to board the ships and steer them away from the Gaza shores and toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
    They communicated with each ship all night telling them to turn around or enter Ashdod's port.

    Israel Navy: "Mavi Marmara, you are approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area coastal region and Gaza harbor are closed to all maritime traffic. The Israeli government supports delivery of humanitarian supplies to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip and invites you to enter the Ashdod port. Delivery of supplies in accordance with the authorities' regulations will be through the formal land crossings and under your observation, after which you can return to your home ports on the vessels on which you have arrived."

    Response: "Negative, negative."
    The IDF has a video of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6jDIQr59Sk

    But somehow Israel will be the bad guy here. You'll see.
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    Oh without a doubt Israel will be painted as the bad guy here. Count down till Gator starts posting in 3... 2... 1...
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    But somehow Israel will be the bad guy here. You'll see.
    Of course.
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    New video out, it shows the attacks on the Troops by the activist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU12K...layer_embedded
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    New video out, it shows the attacks on the Troops by the activist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU12K...layer_embedded
    Stun grenades and firebombs, which the blockade runners were armed with, are a bit more sophisticated than simple "sticks and knives" and imply a more sophsiticated threat. Funny how none of the news coverage managed to mention that. And, when the holds of the vehicles are searched and the inevitable weapons caches are discovered, expect the media to ignore that, too.

    It usually doesn't take Gator this long to weigh in against Israel. Wonder if he's not here because he's being detained by the Israeli Navy? :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    New video out, it shows the attacks on the Troops by the activist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU12K...layer_embedded
    Oh god, their lucky they didn't sink the damn ship with crap like that.
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    Just out of curiosity.

    They had said before there were celebs and members of various governments on board.

    Any one know if any are US, and if so... whom?

    Got to know... Cindy Sheehan... or Cynthia M. on board.
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    What part of blockade didn't these people get??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post

    But somehow Israel will be the bad guy here. You'll see.
    that's what happens when a nation's military boards a civilian aid ship and kills a dozen people

    not to mention the whole apartheid thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wei Wu Wei View Post
    that's what happens when a nation's military boards a civilian aid ship and kills a dozen people

    not to mention the whole apartheid thing
    Watch the video fucknuts. They acted in self defense, and if you think otherwise then I guess you truly are as dumb as everyone says you are.
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