Israel army says ready to attack another Gaza ship

The threat came as Israeli police jailed or deported hundreds of Gaza activists.

Israel army says ready to attack another Gaza ship

Israel's navy is ready to stop another aid ship headed to Gaza, a commander said on Tuesday, after their bloody attack on Turkish passenger ship a day earlier.

The threat came as Israeli police jailed or deported hundreds of activists arrested after their Gaza-bound vessel was boarded by Israeli commandos in a pre-dawn raid in international waters on Monday in which nine passengers were killed.

Israel's Army Radio reported that the MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant ship, would reach Gazan waters by Wednesday.

A marine lieutenant who was not named told Army Radio in an interview that he expected an "easy" takeover of the ship.

"We as a unit are studying, and we will carry out professional investigations to reach conclusions," the lieutenant said, referring to an attack in which his unit shot dead nine international activists aboard the Turkish ferry.

"And will we also be ready for the Rachel Corrie," he added.

In an Internet posting from Ireland on April 20, the Perdana Global Peace Organisation said the Free Gaza Movement, which opposes an Israeli-led blockade on the Palestinian territory, bought the Rachel Corrie as part of an aid flotilla.


Agencies

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