Pro – Palestinian protesters detained by Israeli authorities are being deported following diplomatic pressure from Turkey.
The continuing blockade on the Gaza strip has caused widespread condemnation from the international community-as has the assault on the Flotilla earlier in the week.
The protesters, who number more than 600, are now set to be released.
The Israeli government’s stance of self-defence has been rubbished by many on board the Mavi Marmara, including German politician, Annette Groth. Groth, called the claims ‘ridiculous’ commenting:
“They had guns, Taser weapons, some type of teargas and other weaponry, compared to two-and-a-half wooden sticks we had between us. To talk of self-defence is ridiculous.”
The flotilla was bound for Gaza.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking yesterday said:
“We have clearly stated that we would review our ties with Israel if all Turks are not released by the end of the day.”
Highlighting the indignation that aside from the blockade of Gaza, Israel was attempting to operate above the law he further added:
“No one has the right to try people who were kidnapped in international waters.”
By Richard Sudan