Israel Deports Activists Seized on Gaza Aid Flotilla


Israel says it is speeding up the deportation of nearly 700 foreign activists it detained during a deadly commando operation to stop a convoy of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip.

Buses carrying more than 120 of the deported activists crossed from Israel into Jordan early Wednesday. The group included 30 Jordanians, as well as citizens from Indonesia, Pakistan and a number of Arab nations that do not have relations with Israel, including Mauritania and Yemen.

Some of the activists complained of brutal treatment by the Israelis.

Israel announced late Tuesday that it planned to deport all of the pro-Palestinian activists. Some had already been sent home. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those released will include two dozen activists Israel had threatened to prosecute for allegedly assaulting Israeli commandos.

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