Friday, November 4, 2011
Gaza flotilla activists refuse IDF request to change course
Navy makes initial contact with vessels heading for Gaza closure, offers option to head to port in Egypt or to turn around; IDF not expecting violent clashes but ready for all situations.
The navy has made first radio contact with the two-boat Gaza flotilla which is approaching the region. The IDF informed the vessels that their current course is leading them toward a naval closure off the coast of Gaza, which is in line with international law.
The vessels were informed that they can turn around and prevent an infringement of the closure or head to a port in Egypt. The activists on board refused to heed the navy's call and refused to act in accordance with the instructions they were given. The flotilla is now heading toward the area under closure, the navy said.