Cape journo on her way home

Cape Town radio journalist Gadija Davids was on her way to Turkey

this afternoon after she had been involved in the clash between Israeli forces

and a flotilla trying to send aid to Gaza, her mother, Magboeba, has said.

Magboeba said: “The Turkish government is sending some military

planes to get the detainees. Hopefully she is on her way home.”

It was originally thought that she would travel via Jordan

following her release from an Israeli prison after Monday’s clash.

The Radio 786 reporter was part of a team of more than 600 people

who set sail from Turkey with the intention of breaking Israel’s blockade of

Gaza to deliver aid.

On Monday, Israeli Defence Force members boarded the vessels and on

hers, the Mavi Marmara, at least nine civilians died in a clash that ensued when

the soldiers rappelled onto the boat from a helicopter.

Both sides said the other side started the violence and the United

Nations has adopted a resolution for an independent probe into events.

Countries across the world condemned the incident, and South

Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Sue van der Merwe met the

Israeli ambassador in South Africa to ask for Davids’ release.

Radio 786’s website crashed yesterday and a statement on their

website says the station came under attack from an international internet

provider address and that they had received hate mail.


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