SA journo still waiting to return home

2010-06-03 11:47

Cape Town radio journalist Gadija Davids was still waiting for a

flight home after she was detained and released by the Israeli government for

being part of a group that tried to break through its blockade on Gaza.

“She is in Turkey. We haven’t spoken to her. But they will probably

board the night flight,” Davids’ father said.

Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim would

brief the media on South Africa’s “full response” to the crisis today.

A flotilla of six vessels attempted to sail into Israel’s blockade

of Gaza on Monday to deliver humanitarian aid.

In international waters, they were confronted by Israeli soldiers

who rappelled onto their crafts. A clash ensued, with both the activists and the

Israeli Defence Force claiming they were provoked.

Over 600 people on board the boats were detained and then

released.

The Israeli government said nine people died in the incident which

drew swift condemnation globally and led to a United Nations resolution that an

independent investigation take place.

South Africa issued a “demarche” to Israel’s ambassador to South

Africa, Dov Segev-Steinberg, to register the South African government’s

strongest form of protest.



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