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Pro-Palestinian protesters block traffic at Port Tacoma over military ship concern

Washington, United States: The traffic was blocked by the pro-Palestinian protesters – who have been calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, at Port Tacoma on Monday. The protesters were gathered at the location because there were reports that a military supply ship had arrived, which would transfer weapons to Israel.

According to the statement shared by the organizers of the protest, they are strictly against Israel’s take on its conflict with Hamas, the militant group. The protesters attacked and targeted the vessel, named the Cape Orlando – based on the confidential information that it would be loaded with the weapons that would assist Israel in its ground invasion.

These claims were not immediately verified by the US Defense Forces.

However, according to a few reports, the spokesperson for the Department of Defense – Air Force Lt. Col. Bryon J McGarry, through an email statement, confirmed that the (attacked) vessel was under the control of the Military Sealift Command of the US Navy. He further elaborated that the military vessel was supporting the movement of US military cargo.

McGarry was quoted saying, “Due to operations security, DoD does not provide transit or movement details or information regarding the cargo embarked on vessels of this kind.”

Similar protests in other states

It is to be noted that similar protests were witnessed by Cape Orlando – at the places it was docked, including Oakland and California on Friday. Reports suggest that the military vessel reached Port Tacoma after docking at the above-mentioned destinations.

Port of Tacoma | Credits: Google Images

Reports underscored that around 300 protestors were there to show their anger towards the situation prevailing in the region. According to the US Coast Guard, it detained three of the protesters – who climbed onto the ship. But, the three were released on a pier in San Francisco, as per the information shared by Petty Officer Hunter Schnabel, on Monday.

Schnabel further emphasized that the investigation is ongoing against the three and other protesters – who disturbed the federal maritime area.

The protest caused a delay in the department of Orlando.

Protestors at Port Tacoma

Reports suggest that as many as 200 protesters were there at the Port by the midmorning Monday. Out of the total, some were carrying flyers reading “No Aid for Israel” and “Free All Palestinian Prisoners.” The carrying signs were emblazoned with watermelons – which is a symbol of Palestinian freedom.

A spokesperson for the Tacoma Police – Shelbie Boyd, underscored that to date, no arrest had been made by the department.

In regard to the protest, a comment was released by the San Francisco-based Arab Resource and Organizing Centre. Wassim Hage with the Centre stated that the major aim behind the protest was to block the loading of the Cape Orlando. “It speaks to the historic moment where people are coming out to say, ‘No. No funding for genocide, no US bombs for bombing hospitals and killing children in Gaza’,” he said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23, which represents workers at the Port of Tacoma, did not respond to phone messages from the news agency Associated Press on Monday, according to the reports.

Death toll in Gaza surpasses mark of 10,000

According to the Health Ministry of Gaza – the area occupied by the militants of Hamas, the death toll of Palestinians crossed the bar of 10,000 on Monday. Out of the total, 4,000 were reportedly children and minors.

Many reports have suggested that the number of deaths may witness a surge if Israeli troops call for ground invasion.

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