Unconfirmed report of attack on ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza

POSTED FOR KLOIE PICOT:

Please read in full and please do whatever you can to at the very least inform yourself, your friends, your representatives of the situation in Gaza, without the Israeli propaganda machine working...please please! Israeli spokesmen are saying this could last weeks...AND where can the Gazans flee....no where! And now they are ramming boats trying to bring in medical supplies! If what you can offer is your prayers its a huge help...

Thanks for any of your consideration, any help is better than none....inform yourself please!

Also please take a look at aljazeera live stream...

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Kloie

Israel is out of control. Israeli gunboats have RAMMED and attacked SS Dignity on its way to Gaza - 90 miles off Gaza and in international waters.

(Larnaca, Cyprus, 10:00 am) On Tuesday, December 30, at 5 a.m., several Israeli gunboats intercepted the Dignity as she was heading on a mission of mercy to Gaza. One gunboat rammed into the boat on the port bow side, heavily damaging her. The reports from passengers and journalists on board say that she is taking on water and appears to have engine problems. When attacked, the Dignity was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza.

The gunboats also fired their machine guns into the water in an attempt to stop the mercy ship from getting to Gaza.

As the boat limps toward Lebanon, passengers have been in contact with the Lebanese government, who say the captain has permission to dock and are willing to lend assistance if needed. Cyprus sea rescue has also been in touch, and offered assistance as well. The Dignity clearly flies the flag of Gibraltar, is piloted by an English captain and has a passenger manifest that includes Representative Cynthia McKinney

The Dignity clearly flies the flag of Gibraltar, is piloted by an English captain and has a passenger manifest that includes Representative Cynthia McKinney from the U.S. The Israeli Government Press Office director was faxed the passenger list and press release last night, after Dignity set sail. The attack was filmed by the journalists, and crew and passengers will report on Israel's crime at sea on arrival in Lebanon.

On board the boat are doctors traveling to this impoverished slice of the Mediterranean to provide badly-needed relief at the hospitals there. The crew and passengers were also hoping to take wounded out for treatment, since the hospitals are totally unable to cope. In addition, the Dignity was carrying 3 tons of medical supplies at the request of the doctors in Gaza.

The three physicians on board who were sailing to Gaza are: Dr. Halpin (UK), an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, medical professor, and ship's captain.

********************************************************** Yvonne Ridley

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