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Canadian resident onboard Gaza-bound ships intercepted by Israeli Navy - Protest organized in Vancouver tomorrow

 
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Canadian resident onboard Gaza-bound ships intercepted by Israeli Navy - Protest organized in Vancouver tomorrow
[link to www.straight.com]

Victoria resident onboard Gaza-bound ships intercepted by Israeli Navy; fatalities reported
By Travis Lupick

Victoria resident Kevin Neish was onboard a flotilla intercepted by the Israeli navy.
At least one B.C. resident is part of an aid mission intercepted today (May 30) by the Israeli navy.

France24 is reporting that 10 people have been killed in the incident. Al Jazeera has put that number higher, reporting that as many as 16 could be dead.

Kevin Neish is a 53-year-old retiree who lives in Victoria.

The Straight previously reported that Neish left Vancouver for the Mediterranean Sea on May 21. He was taking part in an aid mission that calls itself the Free Gaza Movement and which was on its way to the Gaza Strip.

The flotilla that Neish was a part of consisted of six ships carrying more than 600 people.

In an e-mail to the Straight received at 8:49 p.m., Zoe Blunt, a friend of Neish’s, wrote:

Reports on Twitter started about twenty minutes ago - Israeli commandos descending from helicopters on the Turkish ship. We are hearing that stun guns and tear gas are being used. Live stream shows people in life jackets lying down and going limp as black-clad commandos arrest them. One report (not confirmed) says three people are dead and 50 injured on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmari. Live stream here: (Turkish language) [link to www.livestream.com]

A second e-mail received at 10:30 p.m. read in part:

Reports: attack is continuing, casualties mounting - possibly 25 or more. Search "flotilla" on Google news and Twitter for updates every second.
These are all unarmed civilians who have been trained in non-violence.

Kevin Neish was assigned to protect a group of journalists on the Challenger II -- his mission was to passively block the hallway and slow down the commandos long enough that the reporters could upload photos and stories.

Blunt also expressed concern that Neish has been hurt.

The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz is reporting that as many as 60 activists on board the ships have been injured.

According to France24, an Israeli television station is reporting that Israeli commandos opened fire on activists after coming under attack from people armed with knives and axes.

A demonstration against the storming of the ships is being organized for Monday (May 31) at noon, outside the CBC building at the corner of Georgia and Hamilton streets
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Re: Canadian resident onboard Gaza-bound ships intercepted by Israeli Navy - Protest organized in Vancouver tomorrow
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Re: Canadian resident onboard Gaza-bound ships intercepted by Israeli Navy - Protest organized in Vancouver tomorrow
thanks for the info op

bump for update.

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