Gaza Flotilla: MV Rachel Corrie Live Feed,Updates, and Resouces
As of 7:20 AM Gaza Time: MV Rachel Corrie is 25 miles from Gazan waters, shadowed by two Israeli warships, but has not been boarded. Jamming of radios has been reported.
Expected to arrive in Gaza around 10:00 AM Gaza Time
7:25 AM: MV Rachel Corrie 20 miles of shore, visible from Gaza shore.
7:27 AM: It looks like she might make it!
7:33 AM: 19 minutes ago the Free Gaza Movement said they were not able to contact the ship, unknown if communications has been reestablished. Earlier jamming of radios was reported.
7:37 AM: Reports of MV Rachel Corrie being boarded and diverted to Ashdod! Not sure if this is confirmed. There were earlier false reports of a boarding, this could just be a late breaking dud.
7:43 AM: No confirmation that Corrie has been boarded, she may very well be under way still.
7:47 AM: I am being told that she has not been boarded, but I haven't received any update in quite a few minutes. Standing by, ready to post more info as soon as possible.
7:51 AM: "We have been trying every two minutes to contact passengers. No answer. #Flotilla" from the Free Gaza Movement Twitter feed, they still are no able to make contact, Jamming of communications may still be active.
7:56 AM: IDF Twitter claiming Corrie has not been boarded. Not sure if this is actually official IDF twitter page, still working to bring you up to date info.
8:02 AM: "Haaretz says Rachel Corrie ship closing in on Gaza shore. Posted this information to their page 20 minutes ago. #Flotilla" Free Gaza Movement's Twitter is reporting that Haaretz confirms Rachel Corrie is still underway and headed fro Gaza.
8:10 AM: Still waiting for more info about MV Rachel Corrie's status, she is currently underway towards Gaza and jamming of communications is continuing.
8:13 AM: CNN's Ben Wedeman reports, Corrie can be seen with smaller vessels around her through binoculars. Smaller vessels are probably IDF patrol boats mentioned earlier.
8:25 AM: Ma'an News Agency confirms, that MV Rachel Corrie is being shadowed by Israeli naval vessels and the ships radar and communications are being jammed.
8:30 AM: Free Gaza reports via twitter, "Al Jazeera reports that the Navy is insisting they go to Ashdod. Passengers say 'no'. Navy says they will drag boat to Ashdod. Not possible"
8:38 AM: Not much info coming in right now, but I will post fresh information as soon as possible.
8:45 AM: IDFSpokesperson@twitter (supposed to be IDF's official twitter) reports, "Update: Rachel Corrie now ~40 miles from shore, IDF made initial request for ID, ship not boarded". MV Rachel Corrie still underway.
8:48 AM: Free Gaza Twitter reports, "From the BBC: IOF issued initial request to ship to identify. No warning to the ship. Not boarding ship yet. No contact for hour and a half." Further confirmation the ship is still en route to Gaza and has not been boarded.
8:55 AM: Information is scarce, but I will continue updating as often as possible. MV Rachel Corrie's status appears to be the same as last reported. Still underway, shadowed by naval vessels, radar and communications still being jammed.
9:00 AM: IDF twitter says, "IDF Navy began transmission to crew of Rachel Corrie telling them to dock @ Ashdod, aid will be transferred via land xings to Gaza"
9:14 AM: BREAKING! Free Gaza's Twitter reports, "According to the IOF, the boat was stopped in international waters six minutes ago and that it is legal. #Flotilla". It appears she is possibly being stopped after she rejected a second call to divert to Ashdod.
9:27 AM: Free Gaza Movement says, " Engine expert. "They may be apprehensive to use helicopters this time. If you want to drag the Rachel, you must first break his engine." 3 minutes ago via web" MV Rachel Corrie is due in port within an hour, not sure how far from the coast she is.
9:32 AM: Free Gaza reports, "Sky News now: RC refused a second call to go to Ashdod. Not sure of the source for this. #Flotilla" Once again there has not been any further mentions of the ship being stopped.
9:53 AM: Not much information coming in at this time, But I will continue to post it as it comes. Ma'an News Agency confirms that IDF has orderd MV Rachel Corrie to change her course again. "BREAKING Israel orders MV Rachel Corrie to change course http://ping.fm/Mplvg".
MV Rachel Corrie was expected in port around 10:00 AM, not sure if this estimate is still accurate.
10:00 AM: No reports yet of arrival, and information is not forthcoming. I'm posting info as soon as it comes in.
10:11 AM: on Al Jazeera English, Israeli official Mary Eisen says they will stop the Rachel Corrie, and is being followed by two IDF naval vessels.
10:18 AM: Ben Wedeman of CNN reports, "Everything gone quiet in #Gaza port. everyone waiting for #rachelcorrie." The calm before the storm, everyone is waiting to see what going to happen.Once again Al Jazeera and PressTV have confirmed via live coverage that the IDF has two boats trailing MV Rachel Corrie, and appear to be staging themselves.
10:25 AM: Just in from Free Gaza's Twitter, "From Vik: The 6 gunboats disappeared on the horizon south-west just about a half hour ago. #Flotilla" It appears that there may be as many as 6 IDF patrol boats near the Rachel Corrie.
10:33 AM: IDFSpokesperson@twitter, "Update: Rachel Corrie has rejected IDF Navy request to dock at Ashdod Port for 3rd time" It appears that the IDF has not yet tried to stop the boat, but there seems to be a dialogue between them and the Rachel Corrie.
10:44 AM: It looks like the situation is at a stand still.
But, Free Gaza is reporting this at their Twitter feed, "Israeli army: Ship has to directly handle all she carries to the Israeli army in Ashdod Port or we will use force (from source listening), Israeli spokesperson confirms they had three contacts to contact the RC to take it to Ashdod, the RC said they refuse to go to Ashdod , About cutting the communications, he said that israel has different methods to reach their objectives and they will use them , Israeli spokesperson said they hope not to be forced to use violence, but they will use all means to stop the RC. #Flotilla".
The IDF is telling them to divert again, and if they don't they will use any means they deem necessary.
10:55 AM: IDFSpokesperson@twitter says, "Update: The Rachel Corrie is now ~28 miles from shore, have rejected 3 requests from IDF navy to dock @ Ashdod Port" and Free Gaza reports, "So far, peace activists have refused to go to Ashdod. Israeli navy preparing to violently stop them if necessary. #Flotilla"
11:00 AM: It's now 11AM in Gaza and 1AM in Arizona. But no matter how tired I get, I will remain ever vigilant and continue to bring you up to date information. No new info coming in right now, well no real relevant info. But, as soon as I can I will post new information.
11:08 AM: PressTV has just said that they can neither confirm that anything has happened, nor confirm anything hasn't happened. How helpful..........
11:15 AM: Al Jazeera English just interviewed someone from the Malaysian group involved with the MV Rachel Corrie(not on ship), She confirms that their radar and communications are still being blocked, and that Israel is continuing to tell them they will be stopped if they do not comply. Last contact with the Rachel Corrie was over 3 hours ago.
11:25 AM: Situation still at a stand still, no new information. But, apparently The United States has urged the aid ship to change its course, the San Francisco Gate writes.
11:35 AM: Nothing has changed yet. The Rachel Corrie's crew is still standing their ground, and the IDF is still rattling their saber. CNN's Ben Wedeman says, "Isn't an offer by its nature optional? Israel is giving #RachelCorrie an ultimatum. We are waiting in #Gaza."
11:45 AM: Mr.Wedeman gives us more insight into the current situation at the port of Gaza, "Reports re #RachelCorrie conflicting for all. When I see her enter #Gaza port, then I'll believe it." Believe me sir, I am just as bored as you. and IDFSpokesperson@twitter shows us, that the IDF's record must be broken, "Update the Rachel Corrie has now rejected 4th request by IDF Navy to dock @ Ashdod Port, transfer aid by land. Ship not boarded."
11:55 AM: Sad news everybody, It appears that MV Rachel Corrie has been seized by the IDF and is being towed into Ashdod. Thankfully all on board are safe and sound, but regretably they are probably going to be arrested like those onboard MV Mavi Marmara and the other five ships.
Free Gaza reports, "The Rachel Corrie has been forcibly seized by the Israeli navy and is being towed to Ashdod. All on board are reported safe. From Perdana" and "Eyewitnesses in Gaza say they can see the boat.".
12:30 PM: That's all the information I can get at this time, I will report later when there is confirmation.
12:45 PM: Jerusalem Post confirms, the Rachel Corrie has been boarded. IDFSpokesperson@twitter confirms also, "The crew of the Rachel Corrie has permitted IDF soldiers to board", "IDF soldiers boarded the Rachel Corrie with permission by sea, no helicopters used", "The Rachel Corrie will be brought to the Ashdod Port where goods will be inspected + transferred to Gaza via land xings" and an Israeli official has now admitted on Al Jazeera English that the Rachel Corrie is under the control of the IDF.
12:50 PM: Apparently an agreement was reached, the crew of the Rachel Corrie agreed to be towed into Ashdod on the conditions that the cargo would be inspected by UN officials in Ashdod and would be escorted in its entirety to Gaza, with two MV Rachel Corrie crewman, Irish and UN officials. Hopefully the IDF will live up to their end of the bargain. source: Al Jazeera English