Israel deports ex-Tunisian leader after Gaza flotilla

2015-06-30 13:27
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Tel Aviv - Former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki and Spanish left-wing European Parliament member Ana Miranda were deported from Israel early on Tuesday after they were picked up off a boat of pro-Palestinian activists headed for the Gaza Srip, Israel's Interior Ministry said.

The two were put on a plane from Tel Aviv before dawn, ministry spokesperson Sabin Hadad said.

Their boat was intercepted early on Monday by the Israel Navy in international waters as it headed for the Gaza Strip with the declared intention of breaching the Israeli maritime blockade of the coastal enclave.

The converted fishing trawler, Marianne, which had set out from Sweden in May, was towed to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, where it arrived late on Monday.

Deportation orders had already been handed out for the other 14 foreigners on board, all of whom are being held in Ashdod, Hadad said. Flights were being arranged so that they could be expelled from Israel as soon as possible, she said.

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