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(Galatians 4:16)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Israelis say self-defense; were attacked with knives, sticks, gunfire...

ABOARD INS KIDON, Mediterranean Sea, May 31-Israeli commandos who raided a Gaza aid ship on Monday were set upon by activists with knives and clubs and some troops jumped overboard to save themselves, according to an Israeli account.Israel said commandos opened fire in self-defence and 10 activists were killed and seven troops wounded. With Israel jamming signals and censoring media, there was little independent reporting of the events at sea. An Israeli military spokesman said some of the commandos were equipped with paintball guns but the non-lethal weapons were not enough against activists who charged in with batons."They had pistols with live ammunition as back-up, to defend themselves," he said.One of the commandos told reporters he descended by rope from a helicopter onto one of the six ships in the convoy and was immediately attacked by a group of people waiting for them."They beat us with metal sticks and knives," he said. "There was live fire at some point against us"...

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