Mavi Marmara heads back to Turkey

Ship raided by IDF leaves Haifa port along with two others.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 5, 2010 17:33
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Footage from onboard the Mavi Marmara.

mavi marmara 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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The Mavi Marmara, one of the ships in the Turkish flotilla intended to break Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza strip, was pulled back to Turkey by two other ships on Thursday, Israel Radio reported.

Two other Turkish flotilla ships are reportedly still docked in the Haifa port, and will be brought back to Turkey later on Thursday.

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The Israeli Navy's takeover of a flotilla of the Mavi Marmara aid ship headed to the Gaza Strip on May 31st left nine activists dead.

Aboard the Mavi Marmara, the commandos first responded to the violence with crowd dispersion measures, and after almost an hour of scuffles, during which a number of soldiers were wounded - some of them stabbed or shot - the commandos were given permission to use live fire.

At one point, activists succeeded in stealing a handgun from one of the soldiers, leading to an escalation in violence.

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