Spirit of Humanity~ Gaza Relief / Mercy Ship ~newsSubmitted by Liberty_Belle on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 10:16
Jan 14~ Larnaca: At 10:30 this morning, under bright blue Mediterranean
skies, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY sailed from the port of Larnaca.
Undeterred by Israeli threats of interception at sea, 21 passengers
and crew waved to friends and press on shore, committed to our mission
of delivering doctors, journalists, human rights observers and a
shipment of medical supplies to assist the civilian population of Gaza
during this emergency.
*Update~ Israel threatens to shoot unarmed civilians on mercy ship!
Jan 15~At roughly 3am UST (1am GMT), in international waters 100 miles off the coast of Gaza, at least five Israeli gunboats surrounded the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY and began recklessly cutting in front of the slow-moving civilian craft. The Israeli warships radioed the SPIRIT, demanding that the ship turn around or they would open fire and "shoot." When asked if the Israeli navy was acknowledging that they intended to commit a war crime by deliberately firing on unarmed civilians, the warships replied that they were prepared to use "any means" to stop the ship.