Activists accuse Israel of using tasers

2012-10-21 22:02


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Jerusalem - Pro-Palestinian activists from a Gaza-bound boat intercepted by the Israeli navy have accused troops of tasering them when they took over the vessel, their lawyer said on Sunday.

The Israeli army immediately denied the claim.

"They used electric shocker devices to the extent of what we call 'electro torture' on some of the activists," said Gaby Lasky.

It was not immediately clear how many of the 30 activists and crew on board the Estelle were shot with the stun guns, which use an electrical charge to incapacitate a person.

But Israeli army spokesperson Avital Leibovich denied that the soldiers had used "violence.

"No force was used when taking over the ship," she said.

Saturday's takeover ended the latest attempt by pro-Palestinian activists to breach Israel's tight maritime embargo on Gaza which prohibits all naval traffic in and out of the coastal territory.

Israel says its blockade is necessary to prevent weapons from entering the coastal territory, which is run by the Islamist Hamas movement.

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