ISRAELI foreign ministry officials have dismissed as “baseless” claims by organisers of the Gaza-bound flotilla that Israel was responsible for damage to the Irish ship MV Saoirse [lower pic], docked in Turkey.
Roni Bar-On, a member of Israel’s Knesset parliament from the opposition Kadima party, welcomed the latest setback to the effort to breach Israel’s maritime blockade on Gaza, terming it “the hand of God”. Earlier this week, activists also blamed Israel for sabotage to the Greek-Swedish ship Juliano , which was docked in Greece.
Some 300 international activists, including Irish citizens, are due to set sail in the coming days from Mediterranean ports in up to nine vessels from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden and Greece.
Previously: Live From The Damaged MV Saoirse