Five Irish activists detained by Israel forces after they boarded the aid vessel the Rachel Corrie have arrived back in Dublin following their ordeal.
The ship carrying humanitarian aid was seized by the Israelis off the coast of Gaza on Saturday.
Mairead Corrigan-Maguire Nobel Peace Prize laureate described the moment the IDF boarded the ship:
“They came on board in full combat gear, at 11 o’clock in the morning, their faces blackened and masked with long guns and two short guns, I mean 35 navy coming on board the boat, it was scary enough, but when they saw we were sitting down, totally non-violent they didn’t use the weapons.”
Denis Halliday former UN assistant secretary general who travelled with the ship said taking Irish nationals prisoner in international waters is an “outrage of huge dimension.”
The seven others aboard the Rachel Corrie, including six Malaysians and a Cuban, left Israel on Sunday.
The ship remains under Israeli control in the port of Ashdod.