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10 dead as Israeli commandos storm aid flotilla

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At least 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos have stormed a convoy of ships that were carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. At least 10 people were killed.

Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev, told the Today programme that they did not start the violence. "Though our naval servicemen were instructed to exercise maximum restraint, they were attacked," he said

"They were attacked with knives, with iron clubs, and also with live fire. We have unfortunately 10 servicemen injured, one of them very very seriously. The violence was initiated unfortunately by these activists, and this is regrettable."

The ships were carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid, to try to break a long-standing Israeli-led blockade. Israel says it allows about 15,000 tonnes of aid into Gaza every week.


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