Israeli navy ships manoeuvre at the military port of Ashdod, southern Israel, on July 29, 2018. AFP / Jack GUEZ
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The captain of a Norwegian boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists en route to Gaza has accused Israeli authorities of violating the maritime law by boarding the vessel in international waters and using violent force against its crew who were arrested. Norway has asked Israel to explain the circumstances surrounding the arrests and "the allegations of excessive use of force," a Norwegian government spokesman told AFP Thursday. Herman Reksten said early Thursday when he returned to Norway after being held for three days in an Israeli prison.All of them have since been released and expelled from Israel or are in the process of being deported, according to Ship to Gaza Norway.
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