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International Freedom Flotilla members remain detained by Israel

July 30, 2018 5:02 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 2:50 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza announced that Israeli naval forces are still holding 20 international solidarity activists in detention, while two Israeli activists were released on bail, that were aboard the Freedom Flotilla ship that was attacked on Sunday sailing towards besieged Gaza.

Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Zaher Birawi, said that the lawyer of the Freedom Flotilla Alliance started procedures to meet with the detained solidarity activists, still held at the Israeli Givon prison in al-Ramla in central Israel.

In addition, several countries whose nationals were on board of the attacked ship, carried out solidarity activities with the Gaza Strip and demanding the release of the detainees and an end to the Israeli 12-year naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The activists detained come from various countries including the United States, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Algeria.

Additionally, many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to the on-going siege of Gaza. From 2008 through 2016, international activists have sailed 31 ships to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.
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