Released Gaza-aid flotilla activists arrive in Jordan

15:37, June 02, 2010      

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A total of 126 activists arrested during the Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla arrived in Jordan Wednesday at dawn after being deported by Israel.

The activists, including 30 Jordanians, 28 Algerians, 18 Kuwaitis, 12 Indonesians, 11 Malaysians, seven Moroccans, four Bahrainis, four Yemenis, three Syrians, three Mauritanians, three Pakistanis and two Azerbaijanis and a national from Oman.

As the activists crossed the King Hussein Bridge that linked Jordan with the West Bank, Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization Director General Ahmad Al Amian welcomed them and renewed the Jordanian government's condemnation of the Israeli raid on the aid- carrying ships.

He added that Jordan rejects the Israeli attack, saying Jordan will continue to dispatch aid to Gaza Strip, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan was the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. They signed the Wadi Araba peace treaty in 1994.

Amian, head of the organization that regularly dispatches aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, said the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv was taking steps to secure the transfer of other activists from Israel to Jordan on Wednesday and Thursday.

The raid by the Israeli commandoes on the aid-carrying ships bound for Gaza at Monday dawn led to the death of 9 people on board of the ships. Many were also injured in the raid by the Israeli commandoes.

The raid sparked criticism and condemnation from across the world and the UN Security Council called for the release of the ships and the civilians who were on board of these ships and demanded the launch of impartial investigation in the raid.

Source: Xinhua
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