At 4:51 in the morning, Israeli commandos attacked an aid convoy on its way to Gaza, killing at least 10 activists and leaving the fate of others unknown. According to Bristol Indy Media, two Bristolians, Sakir Yildirim from Fishponds and Cliff Hanley from Southville, were on the convoy. They are both members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and as yet there is no information on their whereabouts. In Bristol, England, a crowd of around 100 people had gathered from 3pm on St Augustine’s Parade, outside the Hippodrome.
Along with civilians being killed in international waters, Israel states that five personnel were also injured. Today’s deaths and injuries were condemned by the UN, EU and other countries. Public protests have been organised in countries all over the world. Greeks, on Facebook and through other online means, have been invited to gather outside Israeli embassies.
The online world has been actively tweeting the #freedomflotilla hashtag making it the third most popular trending topic. Gaza Flotilla is second. Al Jazeera shows the live storming by Israeli Commandos and the Guardian has a link to the video as well.