Israel military ordered to stop flotilla 26Jun11 June 27, 2011
The Israeli regime has instructed its forces âto stop a Gaza-bound flotilla from reaching its goal,â Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing official sources.
The fleet, which includes some 500 activists on board of 10 vessels, would depart for the impoverished enclave on Tuesday.
The mission is named after the Freedom Flotilla convoy, which lost nine of its Turkish activists to a violent Israeli attack on May 31, 2010.
Tel Aviv has also warned foreign journalists against joining the cause in an apparent attempt to cover up potential bloodshed by the forces.
The stubborn attitude comes while the siege has been depriving the 1.5-million Palestinians in Gaza of food, fuel and other necessities since its imposition in June 2007.