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06-03-2010, 06:05 AM
Indonesia: Ten Indonesian volunteers released after Israeli aid raid


02-06-2010
Jakarta, (The Jakarta Post):

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said 10 Indonesian volunteers had been released from Israeli detention Wednesday following the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla.

The volunteers were deported along with dozens of other volunteers. The Associated Press reported that 124 activists from 12 Muslim nations – most of them without diplomatic ties with Israel – crossed the Allenby Bridge aboard five Jordanian buses after being deported from Israel.

Yudhoyono said two remaining Indonesian volunteers, who were injured in the raid, were still being detained, but would be deported Thursday.

“I have asked our ambassador in Amman, Zainulbahar Noor, to make sure that the two Indonesian arrive safely and are treated well,” he told a journalist at the presidential office in Jakarta, as quoted by kompas.com.

Worldwide condemnation has poured on Israel since its naval commandos halted the aid flotilla in international waters overnight Monday, setting off a melee that left nine activists dead and dozens wounded.

Turkey, an unofficial backer of the flotilla, has led the criticism, accusing Israel of committing a "massacre," and the UN Security Council demanded an impartial investigation.