Israeli TV Releases Exclusive Footage of Navy’s Dramatic Interception of Gaza Flotilla (VIDEO)
An Israeli television station released exclusive footage on Tuesday showing scenes from the takeover by the IDF’s elite Shayetet 13 naval commando unit of the Swedish vessel Marianne which was attempting to bypass Israel’s security patrols of the Gaza coast.
The dramatic reel was captured by Channel 2 reporter Ohad Chemo who was aboard the ship as it was boarded by the Israelis, and was able to film the footage first-hand. The IDF censor granted Channel 2 permission to release the footage on Tuesday.
The interception of the ship occurred on Sunday, at about 1:00 a.m., as it sailed between the Egyptian cities of Port Said and Al-Arish along the northern Sinai coast, approximately 160 km from Gaza.
The Israeli navy first ordered the ship to change course and head towards the Ashdod port. Negotiations then began between the Israeli forces, the ship’s captain, and Israeli-Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas. In the footage, Ghattas is seen raising a megaphone and telling naval personnel that “the captain requests that only one person board the ship, unarmed, to speak with us.”
Channel 2 said it will release the complete footage of the interception tomorrow.
Watch the exclusive footage below:
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