The Israeli Embassy in Dublin has issued a statement today after a Irish aid vessel the MV Saoirse was forced to pull out of a flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade after it was damaged while docked in Turkey.
The statement read: “We regret that we have no information about this event as we are not connected to it in any way.
“We have heard about it in the media like anyone else.
“We again reiterate that we welcome any aid that Irish citizens may wish to donate to the Palestinian people and we will gladly help pass it to Gaza through the regular land crossings.
“We further wish to repeat what the United Nations data clearly shows: there has never been hunger in Gaza, there is no humanitarian crisis there.
“However, Israel together with the international community will continue to work to further improve conditions in Gaza despite Hamas’s violent disregard for the needs of the people in Gaza and in southern Israel.”