Monday, May 16, 2011

Israeli navy fires warning shots at ship carrying M’sian aid to Gaza

KUALA LUMPUR: Israeli naval forces fired warning shots at a Malaysian ship carrying aid to Gaza, forcing it to withdraw into Egyptian waters.
A statement from Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), which sponsored the aid, said that the MV Spirit of Rachel Corrie, was shot at when it entered the Palestinian security zone on Monday at about noon Malaysian time.
The ship withdrew and has been forced to anchor in Egyptian waters at one and a half nautical miles from the Gazan waters, the statement said on Monday.
No one was hurt.
There are seven Malaysians, two Irish, two Indians and one Canadian on board. They are anti-war activists and journalists.
The ship, originally called MV Finch before it was purchased by PGPF, is also captained by a Malaysian.
The vessel left the Port of Piraeus, Greece on Wednesday carrying 7.5 kilometers of UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes to help restore the devastated sewerage system in Gaza. - theStarOnline

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