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‘Israeli navy uses taser gun on Gaza-bound boat activists’
The Gaza-bound boat, Estelle
The Gaza-bound boat, Estelle
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:20PM
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Pro-Palestinian activists on board the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship Estelle say Israeli troops have used stun guns against several passengers after intercepting their boat in international waters.

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

However, Israel has denied using “force” against the activists on the Finnish-flagged ship humanitarian aid ship.

At least 30 activists, including parliamentarians Ricardo Sixto Iglesias from Spain, Sven Britton from Sweden, Aksel Hagen from Norway, and Vangelis Diamandopoulos and Dimitris Kodelas from Greece were on the boat.

Former Canadian lawmaker Jim Manly was also on board.

Israel intercepted the ship on Saturday, escorting it to the port of Ashdod.

On May 31, 2010, the Israeli military attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the international waters killing nine Turkish activists on board the Mavi Marmara, which was part of the six-ship aid convoy.

Also in November 2011, a Canadian and an Irish yacht were prevented by Israeli forces in international waters to transport pro-Palestinian activists and medical supplies to Gaza.

Israel has imposed an all-out siege on the territory.

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.


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