Deported Swedish flotilla activists brief Stockholm on attack
A Swedish Green Party member of parliament who was on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip that was attacked by Israel met Wednesday with State Secretary Frank Belfrage, hours after being deported from Israel, DPA reported.
Mehmet Kaplan returned late Tuesday to Sweden along with best- selling crime author Henning Mankell and physician Victoria Strand.
Kaplan told reporters that he saw pro-Palestinian activists subjected to electric stun guns and rubber bullets at close range by Israeli commandos who took over the vessel he was on.
"It was as if we were attacked by pirates," Kaplan said, adding that the commandos were masked.
Israel naval commandos stormed the flotilla of six ships bringing aid and trying to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip early Monday. Nine people were killed.
Mankell, Kaplan and Strand said they had consulted with Swedish diplomats before signing documents prior to their deportation.
Mankell told the online edition of newspaper Expressen that the attack on the convoy took place on open sea "and in that case it is a matter of piracy and kidnapping."
The author said he did not regret joining the flotilla and said it had helped highlight what was happening in Gaza.