UPDATE: 12 Malaysians among 124 Gaza-aid activists released by Israel
12 Malaysians, are among the 124 Gaza aid activists who were released by Israel on Wednesday (02.06.2010).
Astro Awani reported that its journalist Ashwad Ismail, and cameraman Samsulkamal Abdu Latip had safely arrived in Jordan.
A spokeperson from Astro said the Malaysians were released at about 11.30 a.m. at the King Hussein Bridge at the border between Israel and Jordan.
Efforts are in progress by the Malaysian embassy in Jordan to bring the 12 back to Malaysia.
Ahswad, journalist, in a televised interview shortly after his release said there had been no sharp objects as allegedly by Israeli commandos who stormed the ship carrying relief supplies bound for the Gaza Strip.
"People on board our ship were only using water to try to repel the commandos who were coming on to the ship. I did not see any sharp objects. Perhaps they were only the usual metal items that can be found on any ship," he said.
He added that he was handcuffed with Samsulkamal when they were being taken to the Israeli port city of Ashdod before being released 28 hours later.
The activists from 12 Muslim nations, most of them without diplomatic ties with Israel, crossed the Allenby Bridge abroad five Jordanian buses.
Israel said another 50 activists were still under detention in the country for questioning.
Kuwaiti ambassador, Sheik Faisal Al Sabah said "in addition to the 16 Kuwaitis abroad the buses, the other activists came from Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, Oman and Bahrain.
Worldwide condemnation has rain heavily on Israel since its naval commandos halted the aid flotilla in international waters overnight Monday (31.05.2010), setting off a fight that left nine activists dead and dozens wounded.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman left for Jordan to work with its authorities to secure the release of the 12 detained Malaysians.
The 12 were detained after the aid ship, Mavi Marmara they were on was attacked on Monday morning.