Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Israel Invades Gaza, Boards Palestinian Fishing Boat

That answers the "when" question then.

"Israeli tanks rumble into Gaza; Palestinians respond with rocket, mortar fire as violence threatens truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli tanks forged into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing rocket and mortar fire from Palestinian militants, militant groups said....

The tanks, backed by a bulldozer and military jeep, rumbled about a quarter-mile deep into the tiny seaside strip, residents and Gaza security officials said. Residents said they leveled lands along the border east of the city of Rafah....

In recent weeks, several dozen foreign activists have defied the siege, reaching Gaza by boat to try to draw attention to the misery the blockade has caused Gaza's 1.4 million people.

On Tuesday, a local anti-blockade activist, Amajad Shwa, said Israeli seamen boarded a Palestinian fishing boat and arrested one of Gaza's foreign supporters and five Palestinian fishermen. They were also calling on two other foreigners to leave other fishing boats.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.