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Tuesday June 1, 2010 2:45 PM (EST+7)
LIVE: Blogging the aftermath of the Freedom Flotilla incident

Read more: Freedom Flotilla, Gaza convoy, closure, blockade, international response, international casualties, foreign policy

RAMALLAH, May 31 (JMCC) - Nine activists were killed when Israeli commandos stormed six ships carrying aid headed to the Gaza Strip to break a sea blockade.

2:44 PM: Egyptian authorities, in a surprise move, open the Rafa crossing for entry and exit daily from 9 am to 7 pm.

2:25 PM: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says: Today is an important turning point. Nothing is the same from now on, because we are facing a state openly murdering people, openly breaching human rights...Israel cannot clean the blood on its hands using any excuse. This is not a problem for two countries, this is a problem for the whole world.

12:55 PM: Adalah: Lawyers are allowed to enter the Beer Sheva prison for the first time to meet activists being detained there

10:36 AM: A Greek Orthodox clergy member was just on al-Jazeera demanding news of Bishop Kabushi, who was also aboard one of the five ships that has been interned at Ashdod port.

9:34 AM: Reuters confirms tweets that were coming up last night that the MV Rachel Corrie was lagging behind the fleet of aid ships and continues to head towards Gaza's shores. It is expected to arrive on Wednesday, but Israel has said that it will intercept the boat.

MAY 31, 2010

9:20 PM: Turkish Ambassador to UN Security Council: No state is above the law. Israel must be brought to face the consequences...

9:00 PM: Al-Jazeera International says that protesters in Ashdod have attacked and injured Al-Jazeera Arabic bureau chief Walid al-Omari

8:59 PM: AlJazeera Intermational: All six boats from the flotilla have arrived in the Israeli port of Ashdod

8:40 PM: Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson tells that Sheikh Raed Salah was not seriously injured in the boarding of the flotilla and that most of the information being distributed is incorrect

8:27 PM: The Executive Committee and Revolutionary Council of Fateh met and are calling for a lifting of the siege on Palestinians, particularly of Gaza

7:16 PM: Reuters: Sweden summons Israeli ambassador in Stockholm to explain flotilla incident

6:20 PM: Reuters: Turkish PM Erdogan calls Israeli raid on Flotilla 'state terrorism' and vows action

5:10 PM: Aljazeera reports that 26 activists from the aid-Flotilla were transported to Israeli prisons

5:00 PM: Reuters: Israeli PM Netanyahu cancels his meeting with President Obama in Washington and flies home from Canada in wake of deadly raid on Flotilla.

4:47 PM: Reuters: UN Security Council says it will hold emergency meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss Israeli attack on Flotilla.

4:25 PM: Office of The Quartet Representative Tony Blair releases statement expressing 'deep regret' and 'shock'. Calls for investigation into incident.

3:58 PM: reporting that three injured, including the captain, aboard the boat representing the European campaign to end the siege. This contradicts official Israeli reports that the injured were all aboard one vessel.

3: 54 PM: Reuters is reporting that several Turkish citizens are among those killed in Monday's attack.

3:45 PM: A US citizen named Elizabeth was reportedly struck in the face by an Israeli gas canister during a demonstration by a group of women at Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. She has been transported to a Jerusalem hospital.

3:32 PM: Arab League chief Amr Moussa on al-Jazeera International: Israel feels that they are above the is not only a crime against a civilian population ...who were attacked brutally. This is one thing, But such a policy shows everybody that Israel is not interested in having peace with the Arab countries.

3:19 PM: al-Jazeera International says Turkey is calling on Israel to release boats and activists immediately.

3:13 PM: Read on Palestinians mourn, shocked by Israeli raid

3:00 PM: Reuters: The United States said on Monday it deeply regretted the deaths and injuries caused when Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships leading to 10 deaths. The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained, and is currently working to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragedy, said White House spokesman William Burton.

2:53 PM: Israeli protesters throw something a al-Jazeera's Walid Omari as he tries to give a report in front of Ashdod port.

2:40 PM: Read the full French statement expressing shock at Israeli actions.

2:28 PM: Qatar calls for an urgent meeting of the leadership council of the Arab League.

2:19 PM: al-Jazeera reports that the Egyptian government is calling on the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to explain Israel's attack on the convoy.

2:14 PM: Israeli television is reporting that 19 activists were killed and 26 wounded when Israeli commandos boarded the sea convoy.

2:12 PM: Turkish news agency reports that Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador from Tel Aviv.

2:09 PM: Bloggers say that Physicians for Human Rights is seeking to gain access to the convoy prisoners and injured, contact information:
Phone: +972-3-6873718
Fax: +972-3-6873029

2:07 PM: Reuters: Two members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament were among five Germans on board the ships stormed by Israeli commandos, the foreign ministry said. The German government is shocked by events in the international waters by Gaza, government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told a regular news conference, adding the government was seeking further clarification about the incident.

2:05 PM: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for a full investigation and expresses shock at Israel's storming of a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships and the killing of more than 10 people.

2:03 PM: Haaretz's Bradley Burston says Israel is no longer defending itself, but defending the Gaza blockade. Israeli criticism of the raid begins.

1:52 PM: Reuters: Turkey will cancel three planned joint military exercises with Israel in protest over the storming of Gaza-bound aid ships by Israeli commandos, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told a news conference.

1:51 PM: Crowds gather on Gaza coast in Palestinian protest. Women and children ate waving green Hamas flags.

1:40 PM: Candlelight vigil planned for 7 pm in front of closed Orient House in occupied East Jerusalem to commemorate deceased Palestinian figure Faisal Husseini will now be a vigil honoring the dead in the Freedom Flotilla incident.

1:38 PM: Al-Jazeera International: Turkish officials say boats were searched and each passenger given full body scan before boarding, and no weapons were on board.

1:37 PM: Reuters: European Union governments' envoys to Brussels will meet on Monday to discuss Israel's storming of aid ships headed for the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the executive European Commission said.

1:27 PM: Israeli defense ministry press conference

Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak says one of the six vessels of the convoy initiated an extremely violent response.







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