Greek protest detains El Al flight bound for Israel

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July 14, 2010 13:22

 
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ATHENS, Greece — An El Al flight bound for Israel was delayed for about two hours at Athens International Airport Wednesday after protesters against the blockade of Gaza blocked check-in counters, airport officials said.

Members of a Communist-backed labor union said they blocked five El Al airline counters for two hours to protest the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the Jewish state's "oppressive policies."

"This was an action taken in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their effort to establish a Palestinian state," union spokesman Giorgos Pontikos told the AP. He said police were present at the protest but did not intervene.

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