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15 Israeli soldiers injured after fire hits warship near Gaza
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 26/01/2014 10:25
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- 15 Israeli soldiers were injured on Friday evening after a fire broke out in an Israeli warship off the coast of the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media sources.

Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported that the injured were taken to Tel Hashomer hospital with injuries ranging from light to moderate, while others suffered from smoke inhalation.

The newspaper added that the fire broke out while the ship was engaged in routine activities off the Gaza coast due to an engine malfunction.

The newspaper added that Israeli naval forces had opened an investigation into the cause of the outbreak of the fire, which had caused serious material damage.

This was the second incident involving the Israeli navy in less than a week, after a small naval vessel capsized on Monday a few miles off the Gaza coast during routine operations. No one was reported injured as a result of that accident.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
24/01/2014 21:39
G-d is punishing with fire, not the first time. More to come please.

2 ) Kathy P / USA
24/01/2014 22:01
Oh.. The tragedy... I can't wait for the twisting of the blame.. Was it Iran? Or perhaps HezbAllah? Or maybe they should bombard gaza some more, just to show them who is in control...

3 ) jootoo / UK
24/01/2014 22:53
Your photo connected to the article, is not of the Israeli Navy Devora-mark patrol boat, which has a length of 21.80 metres (71.5 ft). Lets get it right please.

4 ) Pedant / France
24/01/2014 22:54
It was not even a ''ship'' as stated, but a boat. The difference is, a boat can fit on a ship.

5 ) Mel / USA
24/01/2014 23:40
""...the ship was engaged in routine activities off the Gaza coast..."? Yeh right! Probably prep for LIVE-ROUND missile target practice again,getting ready(with the coast guard)to fire on Gazan kids & fishermen? OR WORSE? I remember what "serious material(&human)damage" Israel delibarately inflicted on our USS Liberty in June 1967(including some US Jews on the crew,who were killed). Ma'an? Are the injured "soldiers",or sailors?

6 ) Robby / USA
25/01/2014 04:22
1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands - so was g-d punishing all those Palestinians in Yourmouk as well?

7 ) @ Kathy / #2
25/01/2014 05:03
You are mistaken, it is the Palestinians and Hamas who blame Israel for absolutely everything negative happening in Gaza. I remember when Hamas held a celebration on the streets of Gaza after Israel withdrew from there in 2005, they had several trucks flaunting their weapons, when one of them exploded causing a massive explosion in a very crowded part of the celebration. Many were killed and even more injured, and right after it happened, Hamas claimed Israel had bombed the weapons haha!!

8 ) ian / australia
25/01/2014 07:17
Cripes! Look at the size of it. It's like the Nimitz. (Of course, it might be a file photo and it IS the Nimitz.) And all for making Gazan fishermen get back inside the 3 mile fishing limit. (Or perhaps it's in case the genocidal Arab hordes decide to attack from the SEA.)

9 ) justice / Canada
25/01/2014 10:32
What are they doing off the Gaza coast in Palestinian waters??

10 ) @ Justice / #9
25/01/2014 17:29
There's a naval blockade. You know, so Palestinians terrorists can't get any sophisticated weapons

11 ) Charlie Andreasson / Sweden/Gaza
25/01/2014 19:58
#10. So thats why they are shooting at the fishermen within the 6-mile zon. Make sense. Or does it?

12 ) USACommenter / USA
25/01/2014 20:05
That is a picture of an oil tanker, not a small Israeli navy boat. As for "punishing with fire" - good lord, what in the world are the Arab Muslims of Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iraq being punished for? It must be very very very bad.

13 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
25/01/2014 22:41
Charlie Andersson: "Ship to Gaza" was a hige failure and rightly so. Worry about your own failure of a nation and stop butting into the affairs of others. It is Europeans like you that created this clusterfuc* of a geopolitical mess in the first place and it is Europeans who keep feeding into it. As to others, in 2011 Israel intercepted a ship , "Victoria," carrying 50 tons of weapons to HAMAS- that is WHY Israeli ships must remain off Gaza.
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