The attack came as the Irish vessel was about to embark on its voyage to deliver aid to Gaza, which has been illegally blockaded by the Israeli state.
Ógra Shinn Féin's International Officer Daithi Byrne condemned the act of sabotage;
Ógra Shinn Féin would like to wish the humanitarian aid activists the very best on their voyage, despite the Irish ship being unable to take part. In particullar, we would like to wish Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn all the best as well as Charlie Mcmenamin, John Mallon and Phil McCullough who were unable to find alternative space on the flotilla.
Sinn Féin Press Conference: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=202344943145663
Irish Ship to Gaza: http://www.irishshiptogaza.org/
Derry Friends of Palestine: http://www.derryfriendsofpalestine.org