Israel says known terrorists were on flotilla


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel said it identified several passengers on board a Turkish ship intercepted near Gaza who are known to be involved in terrorist activity.

The five passengers listed by the Israel Defense Forces spokesman, including American, French and Turkish citizens, are reportedly involved in Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida, according to the IDF.

Meanwhile, the IDF said Sunday that Hamas continues to block the transfer of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla’s humanitarian aid into Gaza. The cargo of the six ships that were diverted to Israel’s Ashdod port on May 31, including clothing, blankets, school bags, mattresses, baby safety seats, cupboards and medical equipment continues to sit in 30 trucks waiting near the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, according to the IDF.

Nine activists aboard one of the ships were killed in violent clashes between Israeli naval commandos and the activists.

Medicine that was past its expiration date by more than a year and camouflage fabric was not placed on the trucks for transport into Gaza, according to the IDF.  

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