'Fate of Gaza-bound activists unknown' [David Heap © PressTV]
- uploaded: Oct 22, 2012
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A pro-Palestinian peace activist tells Press TV that the fate of the pro-Palestinian peace activists nabbed by the Israeli regime's military during the forces' raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla is still unknown as they cut off all the communications to prevent any news from leaking to the world.
The Zionist regime's military again cut off all the communications before they attacked the Gaza-bound Estelle flotilla to prevent the world from hearing about the atrocities it was committing against the pro-Palestinian activists.
The Israeli navy forces have attacked and boarded a ship en route to Gaza strip, carrying aid and pro-Palestinian activists who were trying to break Israel's maritime blockade against the region.
The Finnish-flagged Estelle, which left Naples on 7 October with some 20 people of eight different nationalities aboard, was seized by the Israeli forces and taken to the port of Ashdod on Saturday.
The Estelle, reportedly carrying a cargo including cement and medical supplies, was boarded 30 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, activists said.
Estelle is not the first Gaza-bound aid ship to be brutally attacked by the Zionist military in international waters. In 2010 the Israeli military attacked the Gaza-bound humanitarian Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard Turkey's Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of the six-ship convoy.
Also in November 2011, a Canadian and an Irish yacht were prevented by Israeli forces in the international waters from transporting pro-Palestinian activists and medical supplies to Gaza.
According to activist David Heap, dignitaries from Canada, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Greece were on board Estelle when it was forcibly boarded by the Israeli military.
Interview with the Gaza-based spokesperson for the Canadian Gaza-bound flotilla David Heap.