Israel to use 'all necessary force' against Lebanese activists

Israel's UN envoy has told the world body that Israel is entitled to use "all necessary force" to prevent activists sailing from Lebanon to Gaza.

In a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Ambassador Gabriella Shalev said Israel suspects the organisers may be linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah.

A group of Lebanese women activists is planning to sail to Gaza on a ship with medical supplies in a new bid to break Israel's four-year blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Hezbollah denies backing the aid flotilla saying that it didn't want to give Israel a pretext to attack the activists.

Israel is under pressure after it seized an aid flotilla in May, killing 9 Turkish activists during the operation.

More on this topic

All Irish activists back in Ireland

'Freedom Waves' activists on way home

TDs call on Tánaiste to condemn Israel

Gilmore under pressure to intervene in Gaza flotilla case

More in this Section

Tory contenders won’t stand aside for Boris Johnson

Hong Kong set for street march as protester death mourned

Oil tanker’s crew land in Dubai after Gulf of Oman attack

Jeremy Corbyn accused of ‘virulent anti-Americanism’ over Iran threat


Lifestyle

There’s no fallback on Everest, so what drives climbers to the challenge?

Want to make the most of an urban garden space? Here are seven ideas

More From The Irish Examiner