Israel claims to have released all detainees from Freedom Flotilla


Israel on Wednesday was deporting the last of the nearly 700 foreign activists detained in a deadly raid on an aid flotilla. It remains unclear whether the remaining Lebanese activist, Dr. Hani Suleiman, is among the released.

“There are no longer any detainees in prison,” said prisons authority spokesperson, Yron Zamir, when asked about the activists detained after Monday’s commando raid in international waters that killed nine passengers.

Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, ordered everyone be deported after deciding not to prosecute any of the activists taken into custody during Monday’s raid. Officials had earlier said they were considering prosecuting about 50 people believed to be involved in violence, but Weinstein wrote in his order Wednesday that “keeping them here would do more damage to the country’s vital interests than good.”