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Israel files UN complaint over Malaysian Gaza-bound ship

Arab World Materials 19 May 2011 17:51 (UTC +04:00)
Israel's Permanent Mission to the United Nations has filed a protest with the UN Security Council over a Malaysian ship that tried to breach an Israeli maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip earlier in the week, local media reported on Thursday.
Israel files UN complaint over Malaysian Gaza-bound ship

Israel's Permanent Mission to the United Nations has filed a protest with the UN Security Council over a Malaysian ship that tried to breach an Israeli maritime blockade on the Gaza Strip earlier in the week, local media reported on Thursday.

The vessel turned back from Israeli territorial waters on Monday, when the Israeli navy fired warning shots, and then sailed for the Egyptian port city of El-Arish, Xinhua reported.

The ship belongs to the Malaysian-based Perdan Foundation and was manned by seven Malaysians, two Indians, two Irish and a Canadian, according to The Jerusalem Post.

This has been the first attempt to break the Gaza blockade since the Mavi Marmara incident in May of last year, when nine activists trying to reach Gaza died during a confrontation with Israeli soldiers when they refused to stop the ship.

This is the third time this week that Israel filed a UN protest after the events following "Nakba" on Sunday, when hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria tried to break through border fences and entered Israeli controlled areas.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops opened fire in order to stop hundreds of individuals from pouring across the breach, killing 10 infiltrators on the Lebanese border, and four on the border with Syria. But the Israeli army said it had evidence to prove that most of the casualties on Lebanese border were not caused by IDF fire.

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