Greece lets Gaza activists disembark from ship


Ten activists who jumped on board a Maltese-flagged ship in Libya, trying to take aid to Gaza, were allowed to disembark in Greece after they were found to have committed no crime, Greek authorities said.

The ship’s Greek managers said the activists — seven Britons, two Irish and an Algerian — had jumped on board the Strophades IV as it was about to set sail for Greece and denied reports the aid workers had been held against their will.

The ship anchored off the Greek port of Piraeus on Friday.

The Road to Hope charity and the Libyan coast guard said on Thursday the activists were held by the captain of the ship after a dispute over money, along with Libyan police officers. A Greek coast guard official said on Sunday the activists had been allowed to disembark, Reuters reports.
“A public prosecutor ordered an initial investigation into the case and found no crime,” said a police official who declined to be identified. “So the activists were freed.”

Three of the activists left Greece on Saturday and the others were expected to leave on Sunday, the official added.