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Davids waiting for flight home

2010-06-03 11:35

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, her father said on Thursday.

"She is in Turkey. We haven't spoken to her. But they will probably board the night flight," he said.

Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim would brief the media on South Africa's "full response" to the crisis at noon on Thursday.

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 UN 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.