Sat, June 05, 2010 | IDFnadesk
Israeli Navy Soldiers Board Seventh Flotila Ship (Shot From an Adjacent Ship)
Footage from an adjacent ship shows the Israeli Navy soldiers boarding the Rachel Corrie ship by sea, without incident. The soldiers approach in a small vessel and climb the flotilla ship’s ladder with the permission of the crew.
During the morning hours a naval force identified the ship and, as it did in the past, issued numerous calls for it to dock in Ashdod and transfer the goods via the crossings upon inspection. The calls were ignored and it became clear that the boat intended to reach Gaza’s shores. The Israel Navy contacted the boat and clarified again that the Gaza Strip was under maritime closure and due to security risks in the area, it would not be permitted to enter.
A short while ago, with the compliance of the crew members, the naval force boarded the ship without incident under the command of the Commander of the Israel Navy, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom, and is now directing it to the Ashdod port.
Any organization or country wishing to transfer humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip can do so legally via the established ground crossings by coordinating with the relevant authorities, as is done on a near daily basis.