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Israel to Deport Gaza Aid Activists After Taking Over Ship

Israel will expel today all 19 passengers and crew from an aid ship intercepted this weekend while trying to breach the country’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, days after a similar attempt to reach the coastal area left nine activists dead.

“They should all be gone by tonight,” said Sabine Haddad, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman. The deportees include five people from Ireland, one from Britain and six from the Philippines who will be put on flights, Haddad said. Six Malaysians and one Cuban are being sent to Jordan, she said.