Free Gaza boat damaged by Israel, docks Lebanon port

A small boat carrying international activists with aid for Gaza docked in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre.

Free Gaza boat damaged by Israel, docks Lebanon port

A small boat carrying international activists with aid for Gaza docked in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre on Tuesday after an Israeli naval ship rammed and forced it to divert to Lebanon.

Some activists from the "Free Gaza" movement told Reuters their boat, carrying 3 1/2 tonnes of medical aid and 16 people, was rammed and shot at in international waters 70-80 miles off Gaza by an Israeli naval vessel. There were no casualties.

Yigal Palmor, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, denied there had been any shooting.

The Dignity docked in Tyre escorted by a Lebanese navy vessel and several fishing boats waving Lebanese and Shi'ite party flags. Scores of Palestinians and Lebanese greeted the boat, which had a huge hole in its superstructure, at the port.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Aralık 2008, 17:51
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