More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says.
Armed forces boarded the largest vessel overnight, clashing with some of the 500 people on board.
It happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters.
Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked with weapons; the activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.
Well, this isn't good for anyone, except maybe Hamas. :(
Blockade running is inherently confrontational, so the risk of violence is inevitable. Previous convoys have accused Israeli ships of ramming them.
I'm not sure if Israel has ever used commandos before. But they can only be effective if they threaten the use of violence. Did they shoot first? I guess we will find out, but for now I believe the Israelis when they say the commandos were first attacked with a number of weapons, including two guns. Yes, the flotilla was supposed to be peaceful, but its hard to control the actions of 500 people when emotions are so high. And if some of the people felt justified in defending their ships.... well, even non violent protests can spiral out of control.