(ANSAmed) – TEL AVIV – Israel recently received information that pro-Palestinian activists who will be on board of the Flotilla headed for Gaza want to kill Israeli soldiers, several Israeli media report today. A Flotilla spokesman has already denied the accusations. Based on the information, also reported by military radio, bags filled with chemicals – including sulphuric acid – have been taken on board of some ships. The acid is reportedly meant to be thrown at Israeli troops in case they intercept the convoy, and then to be set on fire. ‘They come to kill’ is the dramatic headline in newspaper Maariv. The newspaper specifies that the pro-Palestinian activists headed for Gaza include members of Hamas and of the Turkish NGO Ihh, which staged an active resistance last year when the passenger ship Marmara was boarded by the Israeli Navy.
Nine Turkish passengers were killed. A spokesman of the Flotilla, Dror Feiler (former Israeli citizen) said in an interview on military radio that all participants of the expedition have promised not to use violence. If Israel has information that dangerous materials or people are present in the convoy, the organisers of the Flotilla should be informed. Feiler also accused Israel of being responsible in some way of a technical problem discovered yesterday in one of the Flotilla’s ships. The Flotilla is scheduled to depart in the coming days from a stretch of sea off the coast of Crete, headed for Gaza.