Aid ship Dignity rammed – Shots fired

December 30, 2008

At 10 am cypriot time, a ship flying the flag of Gibraltar was rammed by surrounding Israeli gunboats. The Dignity is carrying 3 tons of aid and passengers from around the world. Journalists (including CNN’s Karl Penhaul), human rights activists, doctors and US representative Cynthia McKinney. Shots were fired into the water by the Israeli Navy.

 

SS Dignity rammed.

SS Dignity rammed.

 

 

The ship was rammed in international waters, 90 miles off the Gaza coast, and is said to be taking on water. There are no reported injuries to the passengers on board. Lebanon has granted a permission to dock and will lend assistance. (Free Gaza website)

UPDATE:

SS Dignity has docked in Lebanon as jubilant crowds welcome the vessel. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has suggested the incident occurred when SS Liberty tried to outmaneuver the Israeli gunboats, crashing into one of them (yalibnan). This statement is in direct conflict Free Gaza’s version of events. Cyprus (who previously had port authorities search the boat for dangerous cargo) and Lebanon’s governments intend to protest Israel.

UPDATE:

CNN’s reporter on board the ship claims the SS Dignity was rammed without warning and later was accused by the Israelis of being involved in terrorist activities. Images from CNN show damage to the boat. Cynthia McKinney  claims yacht was rammed 3 times and calls for Obama to make a statement on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The CNN report also highlights claims the SS Dignity attempted to run the blcokade. Cynthia McKinney dismissed the claims as misinformation. CNN


AHN Reports US Navy build up in the Gulf

August 9, 2008
US Aircraft Carrier

US Aircraft Carrier

The USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan are reported to be headed to the gulf. Kuwait began finalizing its “emergency war plan” on being told the vessels were bound for the region.

This confirms to some degree an earlier report by Timothy Alexander (writing under the alias Lord Stirling) that a massive naval fleet or “armada” is heading towards Iran.

The Strait of Homuz sees between 20% and 40% of the world’s oil supply pass through, making it one of the world’s strategically important chokepoints.

Article links below.

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7011874353
http://themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=22347


US Armada heads for Iran

August 9, 2008

Dozens of US war ships are headed to the Gulf having completed the recent Operation Brimstone war-games with French and UK navy. A British naval fleet may also be on it’s way. The detailed report comes from a British/Canadian peer living in the USA. View his post at the below link.

 http://europebusines.blogspot.com/2008/08/massive-us-naval-armada-heads-for-iran.html

Many news outlets have reported on Operation Brimstone but as of the time of this article, no press agency or mainstream news service has reported on the fleet heading to Iran. George Bush is at the Olympic Games in Beijing.