12 Malaysians on Mavi Marmara arrive home

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 6 Jun 2010

SEPANG: The 12 Malaysian volunteers, who were on board a humanitarian aid ship attacked by Israel while on its way to blockaded Gaza, returned home on Sunday.

They arrived at 5.40am at KLIA and were greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, his officers, Foreign Ministry representatives and the volunteers' family.

The volunteers, who were accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and several ministry officers, arrived from Istanbul by a Malaysia Airlines flight.

They had taken off from the Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan at 11.20am (4.20pm Malaysian time) on Friday and flown to Istanbul where they were on transit until Saturday evening.

On Monday, the Turkish aid ship "Mavi Marmara", which was carrying the volunteers and activists from other countries as well as medical supplies, was raided by Israeli naval forces, resulting in the death of nine activists.

The Malaysian volunteers on board were unharmed but were detained by the Israeli forces and taken to Ashdod port in Israel before being transported to Amman, Jordan.

Following this, Anifah and several of his officers left for Jordan on Wednesday to secure the release of the 12 Malaysians.

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