Second ship on Freedom Flotilla II sabotaged 30Jun11 July 1, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  30 June 2011

BRUSSELS, (PIC)– Unidentified men suspected of having links with the Israeli Mossad have sabotaged yet another ship due to join the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla II sometime this week, said the European campaign to end the siege on Gaza.

The elements sabotaged the ship’s engine, the ECESG said, adding that a maintenance crew is currently working to repair the damage.

This comes two days after another ship from Norway and Sweden was sabotaged while docked in Athens, Greece.

The source said that the same method used to sabotage the first ship was also used on the second ship, which is from Ireland.

The ECESG has accused Israeli authorities of attempting to murder passengers on board the Freedom Flotilla II by planning an explosion due to a technical problem.

The ECESG, a founding member and organizer of the flotilla, announced it is determined to follow through with the mission to defy Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip and deliver much needed aid.

On Tuesday, the Israeli government held drills simulating a possible scenario of what could happen if the ten-ship flotilla tried to breach the blockade, as reported by Israeli newspaper IMRA. The result was that the Israeli soldiers killed two activists and left 14 injured, two of them critically.

The drill included staff from the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, along with representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign Ministry, the IOF spokesperson, the Government Press Office, the Jewish Agency and public diplomacy organizations, IMRA reported.

During the drill, the Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein was called to a situation room to disseminate messages on Facebook and Twitter giving real-time updates of Israel’s version of what was happening during the attack.

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