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(photo credit: Ron Friedman)
The deportation of activists from the Gaza protest flotilla who were arrested in an IDF naval raid on Monday started late Tuesday, as the first groups of detainees left Israel via Ben-Gurion Airport and the Allenby Bridge
border crossing with Jordan.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided Tuesday that Israel would not
prosecute or continue to hold the participants it captured from the
Gaza protest flotilla, despite earlier
indications from Israel that some of those who attacked the Israeli
soldiers boarding the ships will be prosecuted.
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Earlier Tuesday, the cabinet ministers discussed the release, and
accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in taking a
progressively hardening anti-Israeli stance for years.
reconvene Wednesday to continue discussing the affair.
The detainees will start leaving Israel on Monday night, the
process taking about 48 hours. Those of Turkish origin will be flown
home on several planes that Turkey sent and have already arrived in
Ben-Gurion Airport, and the rest of the group will be deported to Jordan
by the Israeli Military Police through the Allenby Bridge border
Detainees refusing to return to their
countries will be
brought before a court of law which will decide whether to deport
largest group of protesters came from Turkey (380). The rest of the
group of nearly 700 protesters came from the UK, Greece and Jordan, with
other Arab, European and Islamic countries such as Indonesia
contributing small numbers.