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Sunday Oct. 21, 2012 7:14 PM (EST+7)
Activists on board Gaza-bound ship report Israeli forces used tasers
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RAMALLAH, October 21 (JMCC) - Activists on board the ship Estelle, headed to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, reported that Israeli commandos used taser guns on them when boarding the ship Saturday, writes the AFP.
EnlargeThe first of two Free Gaza boats as it breaks the Gaza blockage in August 2008. Israel has since refused to allow aid ships to reach the shores of Gaza. (S. Abu Salem)


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"They used electric shocker devices to the extent of what we call 'electro torture' on some of the activists," lawyer Gaby Lasky told AFP, adding that at least one of them is an MP.

It was not immediately clear how many of the 30 activists and crew on board the Estelle were allegedly shot with the stun guns, which use an electrical charge to incapacitate a person.

But Israeli army spokeswoman Avital Leibovich denied that the soldiers had used "violence" in intercepting the vessel on Saturday.

"No force was used when taking over the ship," she told AFP.

There were five parliamentarians from Europe on board: Ricardo Sixto Iglesias from Spain, Sven Britton from Sweden, Aksel Hagen of Norway and Vangelis Diamandopoulos and Dimitris Kodelas from Greece.

Former Canadian lawmaker Jim Manly, who is in his late 70s, was also on board.

After leading the Estelle to the southern port in Ashdod, Israel had arrested three of its nationals who were on board for incitement. A judge extended their remand on Sunday by three days.






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The first of two Free Gaza boats as it breaks the Gaza blockage in August 2008. Israel has since refused to allow aid ships to reach the shores of Gaza. (S. Abu Salem)



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