Navy Commander briefs soldiers about flotilla
27 May 2010 , 11:39
Maj. Gen. Eliezer Marom
Navy Commander Maj. Gen. Eliezer Marom. Photo: IDF Spokesperson
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Maj. Gen. Marom required soldiers not to be dragged into provocations while fulfilling their mission. Moreover, the flotilla will have the opportunity to stop its journey to Gazas shores at several stages; otherwise the passengers will be escorted into Israels shores and deported to their country of origin. The aid brought by the flotilla will be transferred into the Gaza Strip after a security check.

According to the decision made by the Israeli government, the IDF and the Israeli Navy are getting prepared to prevent the flotilla from reaching the shores of Gaza. The flotillas passengers will be given the opportunity to turn back at any stage of their trip or to give up the control of their ships.

From the moment of their departure, the ships will receive formal warnings at various stages of their journey, requesting them to stop their trip to Gazas shores.

Should the passengers decide to continue the journey and not take the Israeli Navys warning into consideration, they will be arrested, brought to Israels shores and transferred to the Ministry of Interior and the immigration authorities so they can be sent back to their country of origin.

The security forces will take possession of the aid expected to be on board the flotilla, and following a security check of the goods, the items will be transferred into the Gaza Strip.

During the last few days, the Commander of the Navy, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Marom organized a series of exercises, consisting in stopping the flotilla, gaining control over the ships and brining them to Israels shores. He stressed that during the operations, Israeli forces will take all the required steps in order to protect the soldiers lives, and make sure that no terrorist agents have been infiltrated into the ships.

Maj. Gen. Marom instructed his forces not to be dragged into provocations and act with fair judgment; otherwise it could be harmful to the missions accomplishment.

He also said to his men that there is no intention to cause any harm among the hundreds of people expected to arrive on these ships, however a clear mission has be assigned to the Israeli Navy and it has to be accomplished.