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Flotilla blame game continues

2010-06-02 07:19:51 GMT2010-06-02 15:19:51 (Beijing Time)

Israel prepares to transfer some aid from Turkish-backed aid ships to Gaza, as Israeli commandos and activists continue to blame one another over the deadly flotilla raid.

Amid a global outcry over Israel's deadly raid of Turkish-backed aid ships to Gaza, both parties are now pointing the blame at each other.

Nine people died when Israel raided six vessels and then detained or deported hundreds of activists who were on board.

Israel is accusing the activists of being a "lynch mob" with ties to Islamist Hamas.

An unnamed Israeli commando who took part in the operation says the soldiers acted in self defence.

Unidentified Israeli commando, saying (Hebrew)

"They were on the roof, which we slid onto, there were several of them, 95 per cent of which were holding knives and batons and they were just attacking us."

Activists on board the ships tell a different story.

Israeli Arab parliament member Hanin Zuabi, who was on one of the vessels, says she feared for her life and that the activists were unarmed.

Hanin Zuabi, Knesset Member, saying (English)

"All of us didn't hold anything in our hands. There was no weapons, not, nothing at all. And there were just about thirty of forty, the journalists, mainly the journalists. Most of the people were scared, were afraid because of the shooting. The ships, the Israeli ships started to shoot before and when the helicopter was above the ships, they started to shoot."

On Tuesday, Israel received some trucks of aid which they said were from the Freedom Flotilla, at the Kerem Shalom crossing bordering the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Army spokesman Ori Singer.

Ori Singer, Israeli Army spokesman, saying

"At the moment we are working with the international community as well as the Palestinian authority to co-ordinate the entry of the allowed goods into Gaza."

The U.N. Security Council has condemned the raids and has called for an independent investigation.

Gemma Haines, Reuters.

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