Soldiers arrive on boats
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office
One of detainees
Photo: Herzel Yosef

Probe reveals flotilla lynchers have ties to Global Jihad

(Video) Interrogation of Gaza aid sail detainees reveals some of passengers recruited specifically to attack Israeli soldiers. Suspects found to be carrying multiple weapons, cash. Meanwhile, Navy launches its own inquiry into raid

VIDEO - The ongoing interrogation of passengers who were aboard the Marmara – the Gaza aid flotilla's flagship – revealed that the majority of those who attacked the Israeli Naval Commandos boarding the ship have direct and indirect Global Jihad ties.


Israel's investigation has revealed some 100 people infiltrated the peace and humanitarian aid activists making their way to Gaza, with the explicit design to attack Israeli soldiers using cold arms.


Some among that group are believed to have ties with World Jihad groups, mainly al-Qaeda.


The majority of suspects are Turks, but some are Yemenites and Indonesian. One Yemenite Islamist was photographed with a dagger in his belt prior to the raid.


The suspects are not cooperating with investigators. Most of them have no identification papers, and Israeli authorities are still trying to ascertain their identity.


Nevertheless, it is clear that the majority were recruited by the same IHH handler who organized the flotilla.


Navy fighters attacked by passengers (Video: IDF Spokesperson's Office)


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IHH is a Turkish humanitarian relief fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation.


Some of the suspects were found to be carrying large sums of money. Others had Kevlar vests and gas masks; and all were found to be carrying weapons such as knives, metal clubs and slingshots.


Several of the suspected were wounded by IDF fire.


Investigators have already concluded that this was the group that planned the violent resistance, which centered on the Marmara's top deck.

Saws found onboard Marmara ship (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office)


Meanwhile, the Israel Navy has launched its own inquiry into the raid. Senior officers told yet events probably went awry when the commandos lost the element of surprise – especially in regards to the people waiting on the top deck. 


A senior IDF official said Tuesday night that "everything should be done in order to gather all the factual data and prove that the humanitarian sail had a semi-military body with a completely different goal."


The officer added that the army was "working on it vigorously. We understand the importance not just for the Navy but for all of us."


Addressing the foreign detainees suspected of beating up Navy fighters during the raid, the officer said, "If we manage to create a criminal case against some people, we should act against them in a proper legal manner."


He denied reports that the IDF did not provide medical aid to the injured foreign activists.


As for the next ship making its way to Gaza, the official said that the method of action would be determined after the lessons of the recent incident are drawn.


Amnon Meranda contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 06.01.10, 21:20
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