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  •  Nato urged the release of the passengers (5+ / 0-)
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    grannyhelen, borkitekt, AoT, angel d, Olympia

    currently being detained in the beersheva prison.

    NATO has called for the immediate release of people and ships being held following the Israeli raid on a flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza.

    Following an emergency meeting in Brussels, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a statement condemning the loss of lives and other casualties.

    The BBC reports he also requested the immediate release of all detained civilians and ships held by Israel, as a matter or urgency.

    NATO demands release of Gaza ships and personnel

    Al Jazeera:

    Activists who were injured are being treated in hospitals while 480 others have been detained and subjected to interrogations.

    Another 48 activists have been deported to their respective countries.

    The Israeli government said on Tuesday that it would hand over 124 activists to Jordan later in the day.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, called on Israel on Tuesday to immediately release those people and boats still held after the raid.

    Rasmussen, speaking after an emergency meeting of the military alliance requested by Turkey, said: "As a matter of urgency, I ... request the immediate release of the detained civilians and ships held by Israel."

    France also demanded the immediate release of the activists.

    "France demands the immediate release of the boats and of all the civilians who were on board," said Francois Fillon, the prime minister, noting that nine French nationals were among those held.

    •  This really is going to be a test (1+ / 0-)
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      of NATO.  Not in terms of Turkey, which is what a lot of people here seemed to be mentioning yesterday, but in terms of the US.

      I refuse to represent my political beliefs using numbers. It isn't accurate, nor is it helpful. But I'm around a -10 on both scales.

      by AoT on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 01:26:25 PM PDT

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    •  Haaretz:All 680 activists will be released (1+ / 0-)
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      All 680 activists will be released, including two dozen Israel had threatened to prosecute on charges of assaulting troops.

      "It was agreed that the detainees would be deported immediately," Nir Hefez, a spokesman for Netanyahu, said in a written statement to reporters. Netanyahu made the decision after consultations with his top ministers.

      Israel gave the following breakdown of countries and numbers of those activists ordered expelled, excluding the nine killed and the seriously wounded in Monday's raid:

      Australia 3; Azerbaijan 2; Italy 6; Indonesia 12; Ireland 9; Algeria 28; United States 11; Bulgaria 2; Bosnia 1; Bahrain 4; Belgium 5; Germany 11; South Africa 1; Holland 2; United Kingdom 31; Greece 38; Jordan 30; Kuwait 15; Lebanon 3; Mauritania 3; Malaysia 11; Egypt 3; Macedonia 3; Morocco 7; Norway 3; New Zealand 1; Syria 3; Serbia 1; Oman 1; Pakistan 3; Czech Republic 4; France 9; Kosovo 1; Canada 1; Sweden 11; Turkey 380; Yemen 4.

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