Malaysia condemns the Israeli raid on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, on the morning of May 31, which has left the fate of eleven Malaysians on board unknown.
Eleven Malaysians, including nine volunteers and two members of the media, were on board the ship, which was attacked by Israeli naval commandos off the Gaza coast. Joining the international community in condemning the Israeli attack, Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman called it a serious violation of international law, and demanded that Israel immediately release the crew and the ship.
The Mavi Marmara is the lead ship among six that serve the "Freedom Flotilla," a program sending aid and pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza. The ship, carrying reconstruction materials, school supplies and medical equipment, was in international waters heading to Gaza when attacked by the Israeli force.
At a press conference yesterday, Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad called on the international community to take action against Israel. Seeing such attack a “ridiculous action,” he told the press “this is against humanitarian practices. They should not block the supply ships that carried, among others, wheel chairs, medical aid and building material for homes.”
11 Malaysians on board Turkish vessel attacked by Israelis [New Straits Times, 1 June 2010]