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Gaza blockade: Israel deports activists from the Rachel Corrie aid ship

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(Read caption) Malaysian activists who were aboard the Irish-owned cargo vessel, the Rachel Corrie, pose with their national flag upon arrival in Amman on Sunday. Seven activists, six Malaysian citizens and one Cuban, were surrendered to Israel as soon as Israeli naval ships intercepted their vessel in international waters on Saturday.

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Israel began deporting activists from the Rachel Corrie on Sunday after boarding the ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza and forcing it to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

The Rachel Corrie set out for Gaza after nine activists were killed Monday when Israel raided an aid-laden flotilla headed for the impoverished Palestinian territory.

This time, no one was killed or injured when Israeli commandos boarded the ship and took its crew and activists into custody. But last week's incident continues to have far-reaching consequences as thousands protest Israel’s actions across the world, and Turkey threatens to cut relations with Israel.

IN PICTURES: The Gaza flotilla and the aftermath of the Israeli naval raid

Al Jazeera reports that Israel has begun deporting the 19 activists and crew members arrested on the Rachel Corrie Saturday. Six of the Malaysian crew members were released into Jordan, and a Cuban activist injured in the boarding of the Mavi Mamara last week was also released.


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