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Israeli commandos storm aid flotilla; kill at least 10

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 31, 2010 | 9:38 am

If you turned the TV on this morning or logged onto CNN.com, you’ve probably seen nothing but mentions of the Israeli commandos who raided an aid ship to Gaza. Here’s a report from the NYT:

Israeli naval commandos raided a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza in international waters on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla. Some Israeli news reports put the death toll higher.

The confrontation drew widespread international condemnation of Israel, with Israeli envoys summoned to explain their country’s actions in several European countries.

The criticism offered a propaganda coup to Israel’s foes, particularly Hamas, the militant group that holds sway in Gaza, and damaged Israel’s ties to Turkey, one of its most important Muslim partners and the unofficial sponsor of the Gaza-bound convoy.

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The Israeli Defense Forces said more than 10 people were killed when naval personnel boarding the six ships in the aid convoy met with “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” The naval forces then “employed riot dispersal means, including live fire,” the military said in a statement.

Haaretz reports the same threat from the activists on the flotilla, but sometimes I wonder if anyone in the Israeli government is even moderately mindful of its international image.

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