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Thursday June 3, 2010 12:52 PM (EST+7)
Sheikh Salah: 'Israeli soldiers tried to kill me aboard ship'

Read more: Raed Salah, assassinations, Freedom flotilla, international casualties, convoy, aid convoy, blockade

RAMALLAH, June 3 (JMCC) - Sheikh Raed Salah, speaking to al-Jazeera as he waited in court, charged Israeli soldiers with trying to kill him during the melee that ensued when the navy intercepted aid ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Salah, being held by Israel for his involvement with the flotilla along with three other detainees, was remanded Thursday morning for eight additional days. He told reporters that another individual resembling him on the boarded ship was shot and killed by Israeli commandos.

Subsequently on Thursday, Salah and three other Arab-Israelis were released to house arrest after extensive pressure from Turkish authorities, a source told

Turkey has pressured Israel to release all Palestinians from inside Israel who were arrested, says Muhammed Anabtawi, a spokesperson for the Arab Monitoring Committee inside the Green Line.

It has threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Israel and prosecute at the highest international levels what happened when Israel intercepted the Freedom Flotilla.

Anabtawi said that the decision to release the detainees demonstrates that their imprisonment is political.

We have also threatened an open-ended strike, and organized dozens of demonstrations in all of the Palestinian areas until the detainees are released, says Anabtawi.

Israel announced Wednesday that all of the nearly 600 people detained during the boat seizure would be released and deported back to their home countries, despite saying earlier that some of the activists would be prosecuted.

Nine people were killed on Monday morning when Israel intercepted six ships of the Freedom Flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip.






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