What happened to Dignity?


Free Gaza sent the Dignity from Cyprus to Gaza on 29 December with 3 tons of medical aid.

Unfortunately when it got there it was apprehended – various sources covered the clash between Dignity and an Israeli Navy vessel. There’s some confusion over what happened; Israel’s now claiming that Dignity actually crashed into their boat after trying to make a sharp turn. It sounds more like a computer game going wrong than an evasive manouevure:

The SS Dignity set sail from Cyprus on December 29 towards the Gaza Strip. During the process of identifying the ship, Israeli naval vessels approached in order to inform it that it would not be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip, which is a war zone and under closure.

The Dignity did not answer the Israeli hail and responded by making a sharp turn. The Israeli vessel was forced to execute emergency maneuvers in order to avoid the Dignity. The Dignity continued sailing and hit the Israeli vessel. Both vessels suffered light damage.

Following this incident, the Dignity answered the Israeli hail and began moving towards Cyprus. Israeli naval ships are escorting the Dignity and extending any assistance required on its way to the Cypriot port of Larnaca. The Israeli navy offered its assistance to the ship and was told that it was not necessary.

No casualties reported in the press, although FGM is concerned for their health and welfare on its website.