Six Germans still held in Israel after Gaza aid boat raid

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Six Germans who were on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla held up by Israeli forces, including one who was injured, remained in detention in Israel on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said.

Five Germans were detained "in a prison" following the deadly assault, foreign ministry spokesman Anton Peschke said.

"The Israeli authorities intend to take them later this evening to Ben Gurion airport to deport them," he added.

The sixth "could be kept in a hospital near to Tel Aviv," he said, without giving any details of the man's condition or injuries.

At least 11 Germans were on the boats which were raided Monday by Israeli commandos leaving at least nine people dead. Five, including two deputies from the Left Party, a former deputy and a doctor, had already been deported.

© 2010 AFP

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