Talat Hussain (AAJ News) Missing – Attack on Freedon flotilla
A private TV channel (Aaj TV) anchor Talat Hussain and producer Raza Agha have gone missing after the attack by the Israeli forces on an international flotilla carrying aid to besieged Gaza, killing at least 20 people and injuring several others.
Israeli commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of a Turkish ship and immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians. Live image from the flotilla shows that Israeli soldiers from the helicopter and a number of speedboats boarded one of the ships at night. Activists wearing life vests were treating what appeared to be injuries for unknown reasons.
Israeli navy on Sunday night sighted the pro-Palestinian ‘Freedom Flotilla’ bound for the Gaza Strip and ordered the convoy to dock at an Israeli harbour. Troops boarded the flotilla and clashed with the activists after they ignored Israeli orders to turn back. The flotilla of six ships set sail from a port in Cyprus on Sunday and was expected to reach Gaza by Monday morning, Al-Jazeera reported. The flotilla, originally made up of nine ships from Turkey, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Kuwait and Algeria, were carrying around 10,000 tons of aid including cement, water purification systems and wheelchairs. One of the ships had not arrived and two others had been damaged. In the meantime, the deposed government of Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) condemned the Israeli naval forces attack on the ‘Freedom Flotilla’. The Hamas government held an emergency meeting chaired by Premier Ismail Haneya. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) also condemned in a statement sent to reporters the Israeli naval forces attack on the Freedom Flotilla and seizing all the ships and forcing them to sail to an Israeli seaport. Officials said that the Freedom Flotilla, which includes commercial ships and vessels carrying international activists and officials as well as humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip was attacked on Sunday morning by the Israeli naval forces. Meanwhile, talking to Dunya News, senior analyst Naseem Zehra termed the as international terrorism. She called upon the government to condemn the incident in strongest terms.