Pressure is mounting on Israel to release the scores of detainees and ships confiscated during its army’s raid on the aid flotilla off Gaza yesterday.
Many of the hundreds arrested have been released already, but dozens are still being held, says Israel, for interrogation and possible criminal charges.
“I can state clearly that I cannot see any reason why these people are being detained. The cause of their detention as I’ve been told by the authorities, is that they illegally entered Israeli waters, although we all know that they were arrested or detained in international waters and they were then tugged into the Israeli waters,” says Gabi Lavski,`lawyer for the Swedish detainees.
NATO has also called on Israel to free all the civilian detainees and let the ships leave harbour, the latest international organisation to weigh in following the UN and EU.
The flotilla was the ninth attempt by sea to breach Israel’s three-year long blockade of Gaza.