Swedish author says script still missing after Gaza flotilla raid
Swedish bestselling crime author Henning Mankell said Friday some of his possessions seized when Israel naval commandos stormed an aid flotilla heading for the Gaza Strip were still missing, DPA reported.
Mankell was on board the MS Sofia that was part of the so-called Gaza "Freedom Flotilla" which in May attempted to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Nine people died when Israeli commandoes stormed one of the ships.
The author and other activists were taken to a holding centre in Israel and he was subsequently deported - but without his bag.
On Thursday he was notified that a package was waiting for him at Gothenburg's Landvetter Airport.
The package contained his missing bag, but minus a notebook and a television manuscript on the late director Ingmar Bergman - his father-in-law - plus his mobile telephone.
"It was full of women's clothes," Mankell told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, adding that this suggested that the contents of bags seized after the raid were emptied and repacked at random.
The bag did contain Mankell's hat and wallet with his money and driver's licence.
The author said he would write to the embassy of Israel to find out where the rest of his belongings were, adding that he also wanted to know why the bag was returned to him via Turkey.
"There was not a single Turkish national on the vessel I was on," he said.