İHH website downed before Israeli attack on aid convoy

June 03, 2010, Thursday/ 18:04:00
The online home of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH), one of the organizers of a convoy of six aid vessels bound for the Gaza Strip, was hit by a denial-of-service (DoS) attack moments before the Israel military brutally attacked the convoy in international waters -- killing at least nine peace activists -- on Monday.

The website, www.ihh.org.tr, has been offline ever since the widely deplored Israeli attack was launched. The developments on the Mavi Marmara, the largest of the three Turkish ships in the convoy, had been streamed live on the website. After its broadcast was cut, the international community was stripped of the ability to witness the bloody event.

Israeli authorities embarked on an enthusiastic PR campaign following the attack, claiming that Israeli naval commandos opened fire on peace activists onboard the vessels in self-defense, an allegation vehemently denied by volunteers returning to their home countries after being deported. Israel also prevented journalists from receiving and reporting information regarding developments after the attack.

At the moment, the İHH’s page on social networking site Facebook.com has replaced its official website in functioning to connect people around the world with the association and to decry the Israeli offensive, which has drawn the ire of international organizations including the UN, NATO and the European Union. The number of members of the İHH’s Facebook page has grown from about 18,000 to over 76,000 in only two days. The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ihhtr

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