Protest over delayed Gaza activists

Press Release #FREEDOMWAVES | Topic FreedomWaves | Category Flotilla | Pictures


Foreign Affairs officials are to lodge a protest with the Israeli government after seven Irish activists detained on an aid convoy to Gaza missed a deportation flight home.

The group were due to be flown out on Thursday morning but failed to get on the plane from Tel Aviv.

Irish consular officials have met the seven at Ben Gurion Airport and a complaint is being made over the delay.

The activists were part of the Irish Ship To Gaza campaign detained in international waters as they tried to break the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said officials have made an immediate travel request for the seven, who are being held at the airport.

Ireland’s ambassador to Israel Breifne O’Reilly has travelled to meet them and consular staff are arranging contact with relatives of the families.

It is expected the seven will return home on Thursday evening and another seven detained are due home on Friday. Paul Murphy, a Socialist Party MEP, is part of the group being held.

The Irish Ship to Gaza campaign vessel, the MV Saoirse, was intercepted by Israeli military in international waters.

They had travelled as part of the Freedom Waves aid convoy, with the Canadian vessel Tahrir, to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.

The 14 had been charged with illegally entering Israel.

Source and more at the Leitrim Observer

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