Israel deporting 15 foreigners aboard Gaza-bound boat

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

Source: CNN, 7-20-11

Dignite enters the Israeli port of Ashdod flanked by Israeli naval vessels after being intercepted in international waters
Dignite enters the Israeli port of Ashdod flanked by Israeli naval vessels after being intercepted in international waters
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • “Some of them have already left,” official says
  • The Dignite was carrying 10 activists, three crew members and three journalists
  • One of the journalists is Israeli

Fifteen foreigners aboard the Gaza-bound boat Dignite were being deported out of Israel on Wednesday, Israeli officials said.

“Some of them have already left this morning and the rest will fly out during the day,” said Sabin Hadad, spokeswoman for the Israeli interior ministry.

The Dignite — carrying 10 activists, three crew members and three journalists — is affiliated with the Free Gaza Movement.

One of the journalists is Israeli.

Israeli naval forces Tuesday successfully took over the boat, which was intent on breaking what the activists call the “siege of Gaza,” without violent resistance.

The forces “operated in line with procedures and took every precaution necessary while using all operational tactics determined prior to the operation, and avoid causing harm to the activists on board while ensuring the safety of the soldiers,” the Israel Defense Forces said.

After the boarding, “the passengers’ health was examined and they were offered food and beverages.”…READ MORE

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