600 activists held in Beersheba jail
Some 45 foreigners from flotilla already slated for deportation.
An Israeli armed naval boat, right, escorts a ship Photo: AP
Over 600 passengers
from the Gaza-bound flotilla which was raided by Israeli forces on Monday were detained on Monday
evening and Tuesday morning.
Forty-five detainees were deported on Tuesday from Ben Gurion
International Airport, while an additional three were waiting for flights out of the country.
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Some 130 activists were transferred early Tuesday afternoon to the Ela Prison in Beersheba, where 480 other detainees were being held.
The Israel Prison
(IPS) said that the prisoners would not be brought before a court due to the special Interior Ministry
orders they were being detained under. They also stated that the prisoners would be permitted to meet with attorneys or consuls from their home countries.
the detainees is the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheikh
Raed Salah, according to Israel Radio. Salah was said to have been
injured in the Monday raid, but the reports turned out to be false.
MK Haneen Zoabi had been detained, but was released after she was
questioned by authorities.