June 1, 2010 / 8:04 PM / 9 years ago

Israel to free Gaza flotilla detainees: sources

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell speaks to the media after arriving home at Landvetter Airport outside Gothenburg, Sweden, June 1, 2010 following his deportation from Israel. REUTERS/SCANPIX/Kod 9200

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel decided on Tuesday to free hundreds of foreign activists detained aboard a Turkish-backed aid flotilla to Gaza, including some it had threatened to put on trial, two political sources said.

The sources said cabinet ministers decided amid rising world protests against Israel’s raid of the flotilla on Monday in which nine people died, that some 680 activists seized on the boats would be released.

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