Deutsche Press is reporting that the head of the Lebanese mission to the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ Hani Suleiman, was wounded in the Israeli attack on the ship.
PM Hariri has responded by describing Israel’s action as “crazy”.
Here in the UAE, local newspaper Gulf News has a journalist, Abbas Al Lawati, aboard the ship. Apparently, they lost contact with him around midnight UAE time (8pm GMT) last night. Today, the newspaper has a strongly worded statement to Israel:
Gulf News is following with great concern the news of the Israeli terrorist attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in the international waters.
Gulf News holds the Israeli government responsible for the safety of its journalist, Abbas Al Lawati, who is onboard the leading ship Mavi Marmara; and the safety of other journalists and peace activists.
Gulf News strongly condemns the attack and calls on the United Nation to hold Israel responsible for its violation of the Geneva Conventions which protect journalists and civilians against such piracy acts.