Friday Nov 11, 201112:10 PM GMT
Press TV reporter released by Israel
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:43AM
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Hassan Ghani
The Israel regime has finally released Press TV correspondent Hassan Ghani, one week after he was abducted in international waters by Israeli forces while aboard a Gaza-bound relief aid boat, Press TV reports.

Ghani was one of the 27 abducted pro-Palestinian activists on board the Gaza-bound 'Waves of Freedom' relief aid flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli military forces on November 4.

Ghani was among the last detainees released by the Israeli regime because he refused to sign a document agreeing that he was detained for illegally entering Israeli waters.

The Press TV reporter was released and deported to the Turkish city of Istanbul on Friday while his recording devices, laptop, mobile phones and other electronic devices were confiscated by Israeli authorities.

I only got back "some of my clothes, my passport and my wallet," Ghani said in an interview with Press TV.

Moreover, Ghani said that another reason for the abduction was to set "an example for future mission" that it is not that easy to break the siege.

Ghani also said that the activists were already making plans for the next aid flotilla.

The Tel Aviv regime released six of those abducted last Saturday. However, Ghani and 20 other pro-Palestinian activists remained in custody until now as they refused to sign documents agreeing that they had entered Israel illegally.

Ghani said that he would not sign any such statements since he and other activists were illegally abducted by the Israelis in international waters.

'Waves of Freedom' flotilla, comprising the Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse, was trying to break the blockade of the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a brutal siege by the Israeli regime since June 2007.

This is not the first time that Tel Aviv has ordered an attack on flotillas carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In May 2010, Israeli forces attacked Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other activists who were part of the six-ship convoy.


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