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03/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Israel Deports Activists From Intercepted Aid Ship

JERUSALEM Israeli officials said on Friday that they had deported most of the activists on a Gaza-bound cargo ship with humanitarian aid intercepted a day earlier by the Israeli Navy. The officials said Israel had sent on to Gaza 1,000 units of donated blood found aboard.

A military official said that some 15 of the people on board were either Lebanese or Syrian and had been driven to Israel's border areas with those two countries on Thursday night and sent across. The handful of remaining activists, citizens of European countries, were to be deported soon, the official said.

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