[Updated 10:57 a.m.] Here are the latest developments involving the pre-dawn Monday raid by Israeli military on a flotilla of six ships carrying aid for the Palestinian territory of Gaza:
– An Israeli Cabinet member said Israel warned Turkey repeatedly that the Gaza-bound aid flotilla would need to land at Israel's Ashdod port so the material could be checked before the supplies were sent to Gaza.
"Nobody wanted to listen," Minister of Welfare and Social Services Isaac Herzog told CNN on Wednesday.
– The foreign flotilla detainees held at Beer Sheva prison are headed home, the Israel Prisons Authority said Wednesday. All the detainees have left the facility and were on their way to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as of Wednesday afternoon.
– Four Israeli Arabs on the Gaza aid flotilla remained in Israeli custody Wednesday, according to Israeli sources and the Free Gaza Movement. A court ordered them held until next week.
– The Rachel Corrie, a ship with aid bound for Gaza, is 100 miles south of Crete and is planning to arrive in Gaza late Friday or early Saturday, according to the Free Gaza Movement.
– The European Campaign to End Siege on Gaza announced that it had already obtained the funding of the first three ships of the new fleet which will go to Gaza.
Scores of Turkish flotilla passengers headed home on Wednesday, and two seriously injured people will remain in the Jewish state for medical treatment, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Sixteen U.S. citizens were aboard a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla that was intercepted by Israel this week, a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv said Wednesday.
Buses with 123 activists from the flotilla arrived in Jordan Wednesday. The group included 30 Jordanians and 93 others from 12 countries, including Bahrain, Pakistan, Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria, Oman, Indonesia, Yemen, Malaysia, Mauritania, Azerbaijan and Syria.
Nine people died in the raid, according to both Israel and the Free Gaza Movement, organizer of the flotilla.
Free Gaza Movement said dozens of its passengers were wounded. Seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in the raid, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday.
Israeli minister of public affairs claims an IDF soldier was shot with non-IDF gun during raid.
Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, on Tuesday told three soldiers wounded in the aid flotilla confrontation that they "operated outstandingly" and "there is still a need to further investigate what occurred."
An Israeli senior military official speaking on condition of anonymity said most of the deaths were Turks. Twenty people were wounded. One American was among the wounded, the U.S. State Department said.
All six boats in a Gaza-bound aid flotilla were boarded by Israeli naval commandos, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Only one, the Mavi Marmara, offered resistance; the other five surrendered peacefully, the military said.
Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua's first lady, announced Tuesday that the Central American nation has "broken relations" with Israel in the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid.
The Organization of Islamic Conference has called for an emergency meeting of its foreign ministers to discuss the developments in Gaza after the Israeli raid on the aid flotilla. The meeting will be held Sunday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to express condolences for the deaths and injuries from Israel's raid on a flotilla of ships backed by Turkey, the White House said. Erdogan's office said the prime minister told Obama that "Israel is about to face the danger of losing its only friend in the region."
Egypt will keep the Rafah Crossing border crossing open for only a few days, Palestinian officials said. The border crossing links Egypt and Gaza.
Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday that his government is "not happy" with the U.S. response to Israel's raid on the flotilla, which was carrying humanitarian goods bound for blockaded Gaza.
Israeli forces have unloaded the humanitarian cargo from the aid flotilla and taken it into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, the Israeli military said.
The six ships - three passenger and three cargo vessels - left Cyprus on Sunday, carrying more than 10,000 tons of aid and 600 passengers from more than 20 countries, said the Free Gaza Movement, a Cyprus-based human rights group. Called the Freedom Flotilla, the convoy was also organized by the pro-Palestinian Turkish organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi or Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH).
The convoy approached Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade, and was shadowed by three warships. Free Gaza had reported Sunday that they had been contacted by the Israeli navy. Israel wanted the flotilla to dock at Ashdod port, where supplies would be unloaded and transferred to Gaza.
Israeli civilians were subjected to rockets and missiles fired from Gaza that had originated from places like Iran and Syria, so the military prevents all ships from reaching the Gaza shore so that ammunition or missiles cannot be brought in, said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. Erdogan said Monday that the vessels in the flotilla were inspected before they left port to make sure the cargo did not include weapons.
Israel instituted a blockade in Gaza in January 2006 when Hamas won democratic elections in the Palestinian territories. Since the summer of 2008, five flotillas have gotten through the blockage to deliver humanitarian goods, the Free Gaza Movement said.