The Israeli Army said that it has intelligence showing that some participants in the upcoming flotilla plan to use chemical weapons against troops, and specifically cited worries related to IHH members in the flotilla.
According to the Jerusalem Post’s website, “IDF sources said Monday night that new intelligence obtained in recent days shows that participants of the flotilla planning to break Israel’s sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week plan to kill IDF soldiers who board their ships.
According to the information obtained by the IDF, some of the participants have prepared sacks with sulfur, which they plan to pour on the soldiers as they board the vessels.”
“This is a chemical weapon, and if poured on a soldier it can paralyze him, ” an IDF source told the paper. “If the sulfur is then lit on fire, the soldier will light up like a torch.”
Despite earlier predictions that members of the Turkish organization IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation would not participate in the flotilla, it now appears that some members will sail with the ships alongside other radical Islamic activists.
The information was obtained from closed meetings held by participants on the ships during which some voiced their intention to “murder Israeli soldiers, ” claims the IDF.
The Navy has begun its final preparations to stop the vessels, and IDF sources said commandos who board the ships will be prepared for a wide-range of scenarios from no violence at all to extreme and violent resistance from the passengers.