'Navy learned from 'Marmara,' ready for June flotilla'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 31, 2011 09:23

Israel Radio: Naval forces bracing for upcoming flotilla to Gaza that is expected to include 13 or 14 ships; Canadian group says it will send ship.

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The Navy is preparing for a flotilla set to make its way toward Gaza in three weeks, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, naval forces were examining lessons learned by the Mavi Marmara flotilla.

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A Canadian organization on Tuesday announced that it will send a ship to Gaza as part of the flotilla, despite the Canadian Foreign Ministry's warning against participation in the flotilla, Israel Radio reported.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird "strongly" urged activists seeking to bring humanitarian aid to residents in the Gaza Strip to do so through "established channels," AFP reported Monday.

The top Canadian diplomat called attempts to breach the blockade the IDF maintains on the strip "provocative" and not helpful to the "people of Gaza."

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that he hopes Israel will avoid a confrontation when the new flotilla approaches Gaza in June, AP reported.

Davutoglu said in a televised interview that Israel "has gained sufficient experience" after last year's incident.

The assumption within the IDF is that a majority of the passengers will engage in passive resistance but that there will likely be a group who will employ violence similar to the Turkish mercenaries who last year attacked Navy commandos aboard the Mavi Marmara.

The next flotilla will include 13 or 14 ships and will include 1,500 passengers, Hussain Orach, the vice president of the IHH international relief organization, told Channel 2 on Sunday night. Orach invited Israel to choose any international body it wants to performs checks on the passengers and vessels involved in the flotilla.


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