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Minister for Foreign Affairs Welcomes the Release of Gaza Flotilla Activists

International relations, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., has welcomed the Israeli Government’s decision to release all the remaining humanitarian activists detained, including six Irish citizens, following the storming of the Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, and the seizure of other vessels forming part of the Gaza aid flotilla by Israeli forces on Monday.

“I am pleased that, in response to the clear calls made by many in the international community, including the Irish Government and the UN Security Council, Israel has now decided to release immediately all those still in detention after being seized in international waters on Monday morning following the storming of the Gaza convoy. I look forward to the prompt and safe return of the six Irish citizens who still remain in Israeli custody.”

“I again repeat my urgent call to the Israeli government to allow safe passage of the Irish owned vessel, the MV Rachel Corrie, which is still sailing towards Gaza to deliver its consignment of humanitarian aid. It is imperative that there should be no further confrontation or bloodshed arising from what has been all along a purely humanitarian mission by those involved in the Gaza flotilla. The Government will be maintaining close contact with the Israeli government on this issue in the coming days.”