The State of Israel insisted that its forces acted in self defense when they were attacked on board the Mavi Marmara by armed militants. The Israel embassy in Abuja said its naval personnel boarded a flotilla of six vessels attempting to violate the maritime blockade on Gaza. The embassy said armed militants on board the ship attacked Israel Navy personnel with live fire and light weaponry including guns, knives and clubs.
Israel Solders Forced To Defend Themselves Against Attackers
As a result of the unprovoked assault on Israel nationals, numerous Israel soldiers and naval personnel were injured because of the extremely violent ambush. Two of the Israel nationals sustained serious injuries while injuries to three others involved in the assault sustained moderate injuries. The embassy added that while the final number of militant fatalities has yet to be released initial reports place them at nine.
Peaceful Vessels Were Allowed To Proceed Without Incident
The embassy also explained that those vessels that reacted peacefully to the operation were escorted unharmed to Israel. The embassy statement read in part Although this is still an ongoing event several facts are already clear: The intent of the armed militants was violent, the methods they employed were violent, and unfortunately, the results was violent.
Attack On Israel Nationals Premeditated Not Spontaneous
The attack on the Israel soldiers was premeditated. The weapons used had been prepared in advance. Huwaida Arraf, a flotilla organizer, foreshadowed the violence with her statement that: The Israelis are going to have to forcefully stop us. Bulent Yildirim, the leader of the IHH, one of the primary organizers of the flotilla, announced just prior to boarding, we are going to resist and resistance will win.
Armed Militants Had No Business On Alleged Peace Vessel
The militants whipped up the boarding crowd by chanting Intifada, intifada, intifada! It should be noted that the Turkey organizing group, IHH, has a radical anti Western orientation. Alongside its legitimate humanitarian activities it supports radical Islamic networks such as Hamas and at least in the past has supported global jihad elements such as al Qaeda. The embassy reiterated Israel rights under international law to act the way it did against the flotilla.
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It said a state of armed conflict exists between Israel and the Hamas regime that controls Gaza. Israel also claimed that Hamas has launched 10,000 rockets against Israel civilians and was at present engaged in smuggling arms and military supplies into Gaza, by land and sea, in order to fortify its positions and continue its attacks. It undertook to ensure that the flotilla cargo will be off loaded in Ashdod and the humanitarian items transferred overland to Gaza in accordance with standard operating procedures.
Israel Even Provides Medical Aid To Enemy Militants
In the same vein, the participants of the flotilla who need assistance are being treated in Israeli medical facilities. The rest will be subjected to immigration procedures applicable in cases of attempted illegal entry.