UNITED NATIONS - ISRAEL informed the United Nations on Friday that it reserves the right to use force to stop a new aid flotilla from reaching the blockaded Gaza Strip.
In a letter sent to UN chief Ban Ki Moon, Israel's UN Ambassador Gabriela Shalev said the stated intention of the Bolivian-flagged all-women cargo ship Mariam 'is to violate the existing naval blockade of Gaza'. She added that Israel also had information that another vessel, the Naji al-Ali, plans to leave from a Lebanese port with the aim of violating the blockade.
'Israel reserves its right under international law to use all necessary means to prevent these ships from violating the aforementioned naval blockade,' Ms Shalev warned.
She said such 'confrontational actions by the organizers as well as those that offer their consent, is deeply troubling and requires the attention of the international community.' 'Israel came under international censure over its May 31 seizure of a six-ship aid fleet bound for the Palestinian territory when Israeli commandos shot dead nine Turkish activists in a clash on the lead boat.