Urgent Press Release, via Irish Boat to Gaza, Friday 4 November 2011, 11:15 am
ISRAELI FORCES INTERCEPT IRISH AND CANADIAN BOATS
URGENT: At 10.58 am (Irish time) we received an urgent call from Dr. Fintan Lane, National Coordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse, to say that two Israeli ships are rapidly approaching the Irish and Canadian boats.
The MV Saoirse and Tahrir are 48 nautical miles from Gaza’s shores.
We have since received news (at 11:12 am Irish time) that Israeli forces have made radio contact with the Tahrir and are requesting their final destination.
The situation is developing rapidly.
Irish Ship to Gaza calls on the Irish government to issue an urgent statement to the Israeli government warning against any harm to the passengers aboard the MV Saoirse.
Photos of the MV Saoirse before it left Turkey on Wednesday may be downloaded here:
Laurence Davis 086 360 5053
Claudia Saba at 086 393 8821