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Israel deports activists of newly-seized Freedom Flotilla ship

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Bulk402GAZA (PNIC):-Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday began the deportation process of the 12 international activists who were on the second vessel of Freedom Flotilla 5 sent to the Gaza Strip in 2018.

Head of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza Zaher Birawi said that the Israeli navy intercepted the vessel and seized it as it was heading to Gaza shore at dawn Saturday.

According to Birawi, some activists refuse to leave and sign papers that include a vow not to try to enter Gaza again, which means that they might face trial.

The flotilla had on board 12 international activists, most of whom are Swedish, including a crew from the London-based Press TV channel.

Last week, the Israeli navy attacked another anti-siege vessel called al-Awda (Return) and detained all those on board.

Freedom Flotilla 5 set off in mid-May from Norway and Sweden and passed by a number of European ports during its journey to the Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip has been living under a crippling blockade for over 12 years with all border crossings connecting the enclave with the outside world closed. They might be partially opened in exceptional cases for the entry of goods and passengers.

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