JERUSALEM : At least 10 people were killed and 50 others injured as Israeli forces stormed freedom flotilla boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists bound for Gaza, Israeli television and radio stations reported on Monday.
According to Israel’s private channel 10 television, Israeli marine commandos had opened fire after being attacked with axes and knives by a number of the passengers on board the aid ships, the television said, without giving the source of its information.
The station did not say whether the dead and injured were passengers or members of the Israeli navy.
Israel’s army radio said between 10 and 14 people had been killed in clashes which broke out after the passengers allegedly tried to grab weapons off the naval commandos who tried to storm one of the boats.
It was not clear whether the clashes were taking place on just one of the six boats making up the aid convoy, and the Israeli army had no immediate comment on the incident.
Shortly afterwards, the Israeli military censor ordered a block on all information regarding those injured or killed during the storming of the ship.
Aaj News adds: Pakistan’s private television network Aaj News Executive Director News Talat Hussain along with his team members also present in freedom flotilla, whose where about could not be known.