Flotilla activists arrive in Jordan
124 Muslim activists cross border; dozens still detained.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
June 2, 2010 08:05
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Anti-Israel demo in Turkey 311.
(photo credit: AP)
pro-Palestinian activists detained in the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid
flotilla arrived in Jordan on Wednesday after being deported from
Israel, Jordanian officials said.
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activists from 12
Muslim nations — most of them without diplomatic ties with Israel —
crossed the Allenby Bridge aboard five Jordanian buses.
Jordanian government spokesman Nabil Al-Sharif said there
Jordanians in the group.
The bridge's Jordanian chief, Brig. Mahmoud Abu Jumaa, said Jordan would
help repatriate the activists — who include lawmakers and journalists —
to their respective countries in coordination with their governments.Kuwaiti ambassador
Sheik Faisal Al Sabah said there were 16 Kuwaitis
aboard the buses. "They will be flown home aboard a Kuwaiti
government-chartered plane later Wednesday," Al Sabah said.
He said the other activists came from Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, Oman and Bahrain.
Dozens of other activists remain in Israeli detention, but most are
expected to be deported in the coming days.
Israel won't prosecute flotilla participants
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided that Israel would
not prosecute or continue to hold the flotilla participants. His
decision followed a cabinet discussion on the release, which was set to
The entire deportation process was expected to take about 48 hours.
Detainees refusing to return to their countries will be brought before a
court of law which will decide whether to deport them.