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Minister: Airport functioning normally despite 'flytilla'

April 15, 2012 17:16

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told reporters at the airport Sunday, "As you can see, things are working normally at Ben-Gurion."

The minister said the attempts by pro-Palestinian activists to enter Israel as part of the "flytilla" protest were still at their peak and praised police for enabling the airport to function normally on one of its busiest days.

He also praised European countries and airlines for refusing to allow hundreds of activists to board aircraft bound for Israel.

So far, 43 activists have been banned from entry, 31 have been taken to the Givon prison facility in Ramle and 12 have already been flown out of the country. Nine left-wing activists who came to terminal three from outside of the airport were detained as well. 

Aharonovitch said that his main aim was to prevent disturbances from breaking out at the airport and that this goal has so far been met.

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