Report: 3 Soldiers were Kidnapped in Ship Takeover
A short time later, dozens of their fellow soldiers began searching the ship. When the passengers saw that soldiers had successfully seized control of the Marmara, they released the three captives, the report stated.
The captive soldiers had recovered from their initial disorientation during their time below deck, and once released hurried to join their unit.
IDF commanders reacted to the report with concern. As similar ships continue to make their way to Gaza, there could be a situation in which a soldier is held captive in order to give passengers a bargaining chip, they said.
Reuters has published an eyewitness account that backs the IDF report. Andre Abu Khalil, a Lebanese cameraman for the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera network, was aboard the Mavi Marmara as IDF soldiers boarded. He told Reuters that four soldiers who were among the first aboard were injured and were taken below deck.
A second wave of troops then attempted to board, he said. “Twenty Turkish men formed a human shield to prevent the Israeli soldiers from scaling the ship. They had slingshots, water pipes and sticks,” he recalled. After a brief standoff, the Israelis opened fire, he claimed.
IDF troops say they opened fire only after being attacked when the boarded the ship.
A second passenger who spoke to Reuters admitted that passengers on the ship had seized soldiers' weapons before shooting broke out. He denied that the passengers had then tried to turn the guns on the soldiers.
- And had you heard about THIS? Thank you, Ehud Barak ( and of course all the other murderers as well, Barak is only our local brand of evil)
Subject: THIS IS OUR COUSIN’S ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ISRAEL'S NAVY SEAL TRIED TO BOARD THE SHIP.
|Labor Party Knesset member Daniel Ben Simon has called on party chairman Ehud Barak to accept responsibility for the failure in dealing with the flotilla and resign ...|
|Labor Party Knesset member Daniel Ben Simon has called on party chairman Ehud Barak to accept responsibility for the failure in dealing with the flotilla and resign as defense minister. |
In a radio interview Wednesday, MK Ben Simon said the failure is not military rather political and conceptual and is based on the idea that the Gaza Strip must be hermetically sealed at all costs. He said a public political discussion on the issue must be held.
See here too, update:
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