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12 Egyptian Sailors Rescued to al-Bassel Hospital in Tartous, Syria
Syrian News Agency ^ | 7/15/2006 | Ahmad F. ZAHRA

Posted on 07/15/2006 5:54:55 PM PDT by Dallas59

Tartous, Syrian coast, July 15 (SANA)-

Twelve Egyptian sailors have been rescued and taken to al-Bassel Hospital in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous on Saturday after their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions.

The Egyptian survivors said they sent a distress call via the satellites Friday night. They were rescued by two Syrian and Egyptian ships who were sailing in the area towards the Syrian coast, definitely to Tartous seaport.

Director General of al-Bassel Hospital Dr. Talal Hamdan said the sailors were medically treated and they were now in stable, good health except one whose injury was serious.

The Egyptian vessel was carrying cement when it came under fire 65 km from the Lebanese coast in an area between Beirut and Tripoli.

Ahmad F. ZAHRA


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; egypt; israel; israelinavy; rescue; syria
"The Egyptian vessel was carrying cement".....

Could be....
1 posted on 07/15/2006 5:54:57 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

An Israeli "barge"?


2 posted on 07/15/2006 5:56:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dallas59
Twelve Egyptian sailors have been rescued and taken to al-Bassel Hospital in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous on Saturday after their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA....yeah, right.

3 posted on 07/15/2006 5:57:37 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Dallas59
set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all direction....NEVER HAPPEN! This is the "Ship" that Hezbollah used a drone on.
4 posted on 07/15/2006 5:57:41 PM PDT by radar101 (The two hallmarks of Liberals: Fantasy and Hypocrisy)
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To: Dallas59

Wait, this isn't the same Egyptian ship that was hit by a Hizbollah rocket, was it?


5 posted on 07/15/2006 5:58:50 PM PDT by blueminnesota
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To: Dallas59

Wait, this isn't the same Egyptian ship that was hit by a Hizbollah rocket, was it?


6 posted on 07/15/2006 5:58:52 PM PDT by blueminnesota
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To: Dallas59
set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions

Hah! Be careful with that thing, Israel, you'll put your eye out!

It looks like Baghdad Bob has been reincarnated in Syria - his new nom-de-guerre is Ahmad F. Zahra...

7 posted on 07/15/2006 6:00:38 PM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: blueminnesota

It must be the same ship that the Hezbollah missile shot at. I dont believe the Isralei's have any armed barges and, if they did I cant imagine them wasting ammunition by shooting in all directions.

Someone tell the Syrians that the basis of a good lie is that it have an element of truth. the only element here is the wounded Egyptians, the rest is pure unadulterated horse crap.


8 posted on 07/15/2006 6:16:32 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: radar101

You have it right......the ship was hit by the hezzis.


9 posted on 07/15/2006 6:28:43 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Dallas59
an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions

What's the point of summer if you can't take the old barge out and fire in all directions just for fun... it's more fun than celebrating Sadie Hawkins Day by firing my gun into the air.

10 posted on 07/15/2006 6:45:19 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: Dallas59

"their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at"

What the h*ll were they doing there given the circumstances and latest turn of events? Transporting Hezbollah terrorists?


11 posted on 07/15/2006 6:57:46 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: blueminnesota
-"Wait, this isn't the same Egyptian ship that was hit by a Hizbollah rocket, was it?"

source: "Syrian News Agency"

12 posted on 07/15/2006 7:01:35 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: blueminnesota; Jeff Head

This is the ship that was hit by the other missile meant for the Israeli warship.


13 posted on 07/15/2006 7:16:59 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: lilylangtree
Assuming the 65km (35 nautical miles) is correct that's a safe distance to stay off the coast of a war zone...if you didn't know that anti-ship cruise missiles were being lobbed around.
14 posted on 07/15/2006 7:22:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Dallas59; Jeff Head
"...their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions."

Phalanx. If they are telling the truth, that's what they'd see from their perspective if a Phalanx was shooting at a sea-skimmer.

15 posted on 07/15/2006 7:25:48 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Dallas59

Baghdad Bob Lives!!!!


16 posted on 07/15/2006 7:27:22 PM PDT by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: Dallas59

Ah, the Islamic propaganda machine. This was the boat hit by the Hez., but the Syrians aren't going to admit that.


17 posted on 07/15/2006 7:36:40 PM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: tet68

You know, I wonder if Syria realizes just how bad it makes Egypt out to be when it reports that an Israeli BARGE can kick Egyptian butt.


18 posted on 07/15/2006 7:53:33 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (I criticize everyone... and then breath some radioactive fire and stomp on things.)
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To: gogogodzilla

Come on now. There is no shame in your unarmed cargo ship being sunk by an armed vessel.


19 posted on 07/15/2006 8:07:15 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: blueminnesota
Wait, this isn't the same Egyptian ship that was hit by a Hizbollah rocket, was it?

On Yahoo, I found this:
Nehushtan said another Hezbollah radar-guided anti-ship missile hit and sank a nearby Cambodian merchant ship around the time the Spear was struck. Twelve Egyptian sailors were pulled from the water by passing ships, Brig. Gen. Noam Fieg said.

So, I'm thinking this was a Cambodian Ship with Egyptian sailors? duh? Or is this a different ship?

20 posted on 07/15/2006 8:10:58 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Dallas59
Twelve Egyptian sailors have been rescued and taken to al-Bassel Hospital in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous on Saturday after their ship which was in offshore Beirut in the Lebanese international waters was fired at, set ablaze by an Israeli barge that was firing at random in all directions.

Thus must be the ship that was hit by an "over" missile fired by Hizbullah and/or Iranian revolutionary guards.

21 posted on 07/15/2006 9:32:38 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: Southack
Phalanx. If they are telling the truth, that's what they'd see from their perspective if a Phalanx was shooting at a sea-skimmer.

If you're dumb enough to accept that anyone could or would mount phalanx on a barge... yeah.

22 posted on 07/15/2006 11:26:18 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: Dallas59

That's some Nice Spin There!!!!!!, Where's Bubba?


23 posted on 07/15/2006 11:28:23 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: El Gato
Thus must be the ship that was hit by an "over" missile fired by Hizbullah and/or Iranian revolutionary guards.

Well there must have been two merchant ships which got hit and both just happened to take 12 casualties who were Egyptian. I mean, the Syrians wouldn't lie to us would they? /s

24 posted on 07/15/2006 11:32:46 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Publius6961

Could be a translation issue. You've got a Syrian reporter talking to Egyptian sailors in Lebanon, going into an English news report.

"Barge" may not be the most accurate version of their story.

25 posted on 07/16/2006 12:15:58 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

It seems the Phalanx was turned off.


26 posted on 07/16/2006 6:15:41 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Southack
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1666354/posts

Brigadier-General Noam Page of the Navy said in a press conference Saturday that the Navy was unaware that a missile threat existed in the sector, and that the boat's crew had acted accordingly.

Missile boats are equipped with a missile interception system capable of automatically intercepting any missile or aircraft approaching it. However, as the boat was operating in an area where a large number of IDF planes were present, the Navy had refrained from activating the system.

Navy sources said that had they known the Hizbullah was in possession of missiles of the type used against the boat Saturday, the missile interception system would have been turned on.

27 posted on 07/16/2006 6:19:32 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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