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Israel deports arrested activists of Gaza flotilla

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Israel deports arrested activists of Gaza flotilla


Israel has started deporting activists arrested onboard the Turkish aid flotilla that tried to breach its three-year blockade of Gaza.

More than 120 of them were sent to Jordan where crowds gathered to welcome them. Hundreds more are set to be deported later today.

There were an estimated 35 nationalities amongst the convoy of 700 passengers.

Among the many testimonies, Nadim Ahmed, a Pakistani activist deported from Israel, said: “It was a humanitarian ship. It was in high sea. It was not in the limit of Israel. It was in high sea. They shot and killed people, and there was a mess up. They never gave us medical immediate aid. They brutally behaved. They handcuffed everybody. They never let them move to toilets. They never let them do anything, and even in the travel to Israel, the behaviour was worse.”

At least ten activists died when Israeli troops stormed the six-ship flottilla early on Monday.

Israel said the marines acted in self defence, but the organisers of the convoy have denied that version of events.

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