The Israeli navy has raided and killed up to 19 peace activists aboard the international flotilla heading towards Gaza with humanitarian aid. One Australian activist was shot in the leg and seriously injured and a journalist was tasered. The Australians were held for three days in Israel before being deported. The flotilla carried supplies like medical equipment and a dental equipment had peace activists, media and politicians from over 40 countries on board. Eyewitness accounts from activists of the Israeli attack are now emerging. Israel is a nuclear armed rogue state that deserves to be an international pariah. Visit www.witnessgaza.com for updates of events.
Five Australians were caught up in the raid. Two Australian journalists were arrested and detained for three days before being deported, including Kate Geraghty who was tasered A family of three Australian young activists were also involved. They included 20 year old Griffith University student Ahmed Lukman Talib who was shot in the leg and is now in intensive care in Turkey and his wife Jerry Campbell and sister Maryam Talib.
Eyewitness accounts have now started to emerge from the deported activists
Israelia Parliamentarian - Israeli's shooting 5 minutes before boarding
Funerals have been held in Turkey for nine of the Turkish based activists killed in the raid. Confusion over the final death toll continues.
As the diplomatic fall out continues over the attack on the flotilla the UN Security Council has called for an investigation in a compromise statement between the U.S. and Turkey.
Kevin Rudd has made a statement calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza by Israel.
Meanwhile in the Westbank coverage on UK Indymedia reveals the Israeli state in defiance of world condemnation continues to violently target international peace activists and Palestinians alike as an 21 year old International Solidarity Movement member loses an eye after being shot in the face with a tear gas cannistar.
Read some more of the international coverage coming out about this atrocity in international waters against unarmed peace activists
BBC news video
coverage on Al Jazeerah
Live stream from the IHH website
SBS news coverage on Youtube from May 31st
Protests erupt around the world- AFP
Israeli Defence Footage has been released of what appears to show soldiers being hit on one of the vessels as they descended on to one of the ships.
Footage of the injured is shown on this Youtube video
An Australian activist, Renee Jaouadi, from the Free Gaza Movement who helped organise the flotilla has defended activists from accusations of violence stating to the ABC ""There is evidence of what I would call self-defence by the passengers, who were themselves under attack by one of the strongest militaries in the world when their vessels were boarded by planes, zodiacs and fully armed special forces in the middle of the night in international waters," she said." She also denied links to any terrorist organisations and that any weapons were on board. Read her interview here
This article from the Guardian details many of the veteran activists including Nobel Peace Laureate amongst the supposed "terrorists" on board the flotilla.
Also Live coverage from the official Flotilla site at www.witnessgaza.com