Recent media reports indicate that six of the flotilla's vessels have been detained by Greek authorities in Athens. Despite activists' claims that 1,500 would join the flotilla in its efforts to breach the arms blockade of Gaza, current estimates are that only 200 to 300 will be aboard. For a full report on this story, click here.
Despite the flotilla's weak launch efforts, Israel remains very concerned that violent extremists may be joining the effort. Intelligence has revealed that some members of the IHH, which has officially bowed out of the flotilla, may be aboard – with plans to kill or wound Israeli soldiers. Reports also indicate that activists may be planning to throw sulfur on the Israeli boarding party, which is highly flammable and could easily kill an intended victim. For full coverage on this development, click here.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.