Frenchman returns home after Gaza fleet raid

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A Frenchman deported by Israel after its commandos arrested him on the Gaza aid flotilla returned home Tuesday, pro-Palestinian aid groups said.

Youssef Benderbal was one of eight French nationals detained Monday when commandos boarded a ship bound for the Gaza Strip in a raid that left at least nine dead, said a spokesman for the French aid group CBSP.

He landed at a Paris airport on Tuesday morning and was due to speak to the press later in the day, said the spokesman for the group which provides aid for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

France's foreign ministry said seven French nationals were involved in the aid flotilla.

The mother of one French national, Thomas Sommer Houdeville, on board one of the ships, said she was worried about her son because she had had no news of him since Monday's raid.

Houdeville works for the India-based aid group Focus on Global South.

French aid groups involved in the flotilla said his name did not figure on the list of those killed.

© 2010 AFP

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