Un Will Deliver To Gaza Cargo Seized By Israel

06.16.10 |

The Israeli Navy boarded and captured a six-ship convoy May 31st when the vessels laden with supplies tried to run an Israeli blockade of Gaza. Nine people who battled Israeli troops on one of the ships were killed and several others injured. The UN successfully obtained the consent of Israel and the ships' Turkish owners to deliver the supplies to the Palestinians.

 The skirmish on the ship touched off a worldwide controversy. People aboard claim they were delivering humanitarian supplies and had peaceful intentions. But Israel charged that those who fought Israeli soldiers were affiliated with terrorists, some with al-Qaeda. The Israeli prime minister said his troops were attacked with pipes, knives and guns. Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza three years ago when Hamas won an election to control the Palestinian territory. Israel and the U.S. brand Hamas a terror organization.