+ Israel steals Press TV equipment
Israel steals Press TV equipment
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:57PM GMT
Press TV correspondent Hassan Ghani
Israel has stolen equipment belonging to Iran's Press TV when Israeli forces attacked a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters, Press TV reports.
Press TV correspondent Hassan Ghani explained the takeover of the equipment when he was in Israeli custody earlier this month.
Ghani, who was reporting on an attempt by two ships to break Tel Aviv's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, was detained with 26 other activists and journalists.
The Press TV reporter said that he was forced to throw his laptop into the sea.
He added that he was under intensive search about two hours and that the army took all of Press TV's equipment and his personal effects.
Ghani said the items taken by the Israeli army included a camera, memory cards, batteries, a satellite phone, two personal mobile phones and other recording and electronic devices.
This year's incident was the second time that Tel Aviv has ordered an attack on flotillas carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, which has been under Israeli siege since 2007.
In May 2010, Israeli forces attacked the Freedom Flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of a six-ship convoy.