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November 11, 2010: Getting the News First at Facebook
November 11, 2010: The Hijacking of the Road to Hope and getting the News First at Facebook UPDATED 12:30PM EST Nov. 17, 2010 Leads


The later was posted on Ken's FB Wall 17 November and the following I found at Salem-News.com:

















Posted on Ken O'Keefe's Facebook Wall around 10AM EST 13 November 2010






Tim King, editor of Salem-News.com wrote on Ken O'Keefe's Facebook wall:
"A good deal of information is being directed to our newsroom and this is my attempt to add clarity to what is actually taking place."






Around 8PM EST, AOL posted on my Facebook wall:

URGENT....STATEMENT FROM HOSTAGES ON BOARD STROPHADES IV.....

 

We have been kidnapped at the Libyan port of Derna, by the Captain and crew of the Straphades IV. The Captain and crew have since left and the Greek authorities are now holding us hostage on board the Strophades IV.Ten of us are being held ...at gunpoint by a... Greek SWAT team, in a small room 8x8ft. We have been told if we move we will be shot. We have requested sleeping facilities, showering facilities, access to telephones/internet and consular assistance - all have been denied. In the last 48 hours we have had one tin of coke and one sandwich to eat. We have had no access to water other than that in the toilets. We have to ask permission to do anything, including using toilets. We have no status. We do not know the nature of the charges we are being held under and feel extremely vulnerable. We ask that everyone please put pressure on the Greek government and demand that they end this nightmare. We want the Greek authorities to release us and allow us safe passage to Libya, where we can join the remaining members of the Road to hope convoy and proceed with humanitarian aid to Palestine. Message ends.....

 Can everyone please circulate this statement via all media outlets? We need to get the word out about the treatment our comrades and demand their immediate release.






Published on Ken O'Keefe's Facebook page by AAH at 8 AM EST Nov. 12, 2010:










Background follows Facebook message from Al Suarez:

AN AID worker has smuggled a desperate message to the Guardian after he and five other British citizens were kidnapped in Libya.

In a text sent this morning, Tauqir Sharif, of Warwick Road in Chingford, said the vessel bound for Gaza had been seized in the Libyan port of Derna at around 12.30am this morning UK time.

It is unclear who has taken the boat, although the seizure is believed to be linked to a financial dispute.

The boat was last seen sailing out to sea and is reportedly heading for Greece.

The Foreign Office says it has begun diplomacy to try and get the group returned unharmed.

Mr Sharif said: “We have been kidnapped at sea – this isn’t a joke.

“I’m hiding my phone to get word out…we’ve been hijacked.”

The convoy set off several weeks ago as part of the ‘Road to Hope’ campaign.

It has reportedly been at the Libyan border with Egypt for over two weeks awaiting entry to Gaza.

Six UK nationals including Mr Sharif are thought to be on-board, along with three Libyans – including two port authority policemen and the manager of Derna Port, Colonel Salahuddin Rashin.

Two Irish citizens, a Moroccan and an Algerian are also said to be on board.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the incident at Derna Port in Libya, and have been in close contact with the Convoy organisers.

“Our Embassy in Tripoli has been urging the Libyan authorities to resolve the situation rapidly and ensure that those caught on the ship are returned to safety.”

Campaigners back in the UK say the people responsible for the alleged kidnapping are thought to be of Ukrainian and Greek origin.

Ellie Merton, chair of the Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: “We think the ship is several miles out to sea in the Med now. They’ve been making slow but steady headway.

“We’ve no idea what [the hostage takers] are up to.

“They’ve set out to to sea with the back door open – it’s criminally stupid. We all remember Zeebrugge.

“I just feel physically sick that something will happen to the international aid workers and the Libyan officials who are hostage on that boat.”

Mr Sharif, 23, was on board another convey of boats bound for Gaza back in May when they were seized by Israeli troops in the Mediterranean sea.

Nine people, including friends of Mr Sharif, were killed in the raid.

UPDATE: 1PM 

The Libyan Navy has reportedly sent four ships and is tracking the ship in open waters – but no force has been used.

Two fighter jets have also been deployed, according to campaigners from ‘Road to Hope’.

They have also claimed that the captain of the ship has said he intends on proceeding to Greece where he will drop off the hostages.

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/8630603.BREAKING_NEWS__Aid_ship_hijacked_in_Libya/




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On 10 October 2010, at 8:50PM EST, JC left this comment on my Facebook page in reference to Ken O'Keefe:

 JUST SPOKE WIT KEN HE SAID THE CAPTAIN IS STILL ON BOARD THERE IS NO CONFRONTATION WIT THE SHIPS CREW THE LYBIAN PORT POLICE ARE IN WIT CAPTAIN NOW TELLING HIM TO TURN ROUND BUT HE IS REFUSEING THEY ARE NOT AT FULL SPEED BUT THEY ARE ABOUT A MILE OUT TO SEA NOW KEN HAS ASKED TO KEEP THE FINGER ON THE PULSE WIT THE MEDIA AND TANKS EVERYONE FOR THEIR HELP



PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY

 

Wednesday 10th November, 2010

23.15 GMT - LONDON

 

UK AID WORKERS (INCLUDING 2 MAVI MARMARA SURVIVORS) HELD HOSTAGE ON GREEK-OWNED SHIP, AFTER SHIP OWNER ARGUES WITH EGYPTIAN BROKER

 

DERNA PORT, LIBYA

 

"Strofades IV" has broken its moorings, without port permission, and is heading out of Derna Harbour.

 

The rear door of the ship is half closed, with convoy vehicle B7 stuck on it precariously.  It is extremely dangerous.

 

In the lower deck of the Ro-Ro (rollon rolloff) ship are held hostage:

 

3 Libyans - (2 port authority policemen, with Colonel Salahuddin Rashin, Manager of Derna Port) 

1 Moroccan

1 Algerian

2 Irish

6 UK nationals

 

The violent Greek owner who is also its captain of "Strofades IV" has just disembarked (as at 22.50 GMT) through a side door of the ship, onto a speed boat.  His speed boat has made for another cargo vessel in Derna the harbour - "Odin Finder".

 

None of our guys now know who is in charge of Strofades IV, or where it is destined to go.  

 

The ship is empty, apart from the hostages and single convoy vehicle jammed in the doorway.  It is making rapid headway to get out to sea.

 

The matter is a serious breach of every maritime law possible.

 

We have asked all relevant Embassies to supply urgent, immediate, consular assistance. 

 

We are EXTREMELY concerned for the safety of all the nationals on board.


For further info, please contact:

Ellie Merton

London Liaison

Road to Hope, Convoy to Gaza

+44 7770 376701

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