8 Jun 2010

Seven aid-ship activists deported to Jordan

9:14 am on 8 June 2010

Israel has deported to Jordan seven of the activists who were on board the aid ship that tried to run the blockade of Gaza on Sunday.

A Cuban and six Malaysians - including three journalists and a member of parliament - crossed the Allenby Bridge east of Jericho and were received by Jordanian officials.

Eleven others detained on board the Rachel Corrie were due to fly out of the country after being held at an immigration centre near Tel Aviv for questioning.

Israeli forces intercepted and seized control of the ship as it sailed towards Gaza. The passengers and crew are reported to have put up no resistance, nor was there any repeat of the violence that left nine people dead after Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish aid ship earlier in the week.