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Breaking News: Rachel Corrie MV Has Been Boarded By Israel Navy

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June 5, 2010: Global Research Editors / Global Research – June 4, 2010

Latest news communicated to Global Research directly from the Rachel Corrie MV in the Eastern Mediterranean…

The Irish-flagged ship Rachel Corrie MV which is sailing towards the Gaza Coastline in international waters has, as of 3:15am GMT, June 5th, been approached by three Israeli patrol boats. No action has as yet been taken by the patrol boats. The ship is reported to be some 50 km off the Gaza coastline.

Message from Matthias Chang, head of the Malaysian delegation:

9:30am (KL Time) – Three Israeli patrol boats are now following Rachel Corrie. (2:30am GMT)

10:00am (KL Time) – Israeli boats coming towards our ship. Stay calm. Send out message. (3:00am GMT) 

Last contact, 10:35am (KL Time) – They have jammed our radar. (3:35 GMT)
(Note: KL Time approximately 5-6 hours ahead of Rachel Corrie) Please spread far and wide…

According the the Jerusalem Post, the Malaysian representative of the Perdana Global Peace Organization on board the Rachel Corrie: “[S]tated on its website Saturday morning that the ship’s passengers had agreed to let an international force search the ship, before it proceeds to Gaza. The statement said that, while the activists rejected Israel’s right to blockade Gaza, the activists ‘request and invite for an independent international body, preferably inspectors from the the United Nations to board the ship and do the necessary to certify as to the nature of the cargo on board.'”

LATEST: The Rachel Corrie MV was boarded by the Israeli Navy close to Gaza at about 5:50am local time. The passengers are said to be under arrest. We will provide updates as soon as more information becomes is available.

On board the ship, which is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, are former UN Assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday, Malaysian member of Parliament Mohd Nizar bin Zakaria and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Malaysian barrister Matthias Chang.

RT Update

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: There are conflicting reports coming in at this point. The Jerusalem Post also reports that the Rachel Corrie has been boarded and the passengers are said to be under arrest

However, Haaretz and Sky News are both reporting via Twitter at Free Gaza Org that the Rachel Corrie has not been boarded and is closing in on the Gaza coast… – SJH

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