Turkish aid volunteer free from Israeli jail after weeks - UPDATED

The representative of a Turkish aid organization, who had been under detention in Israel for 21 days, returned to Turkey early on Tuesday.

Turkish aid volunteer free from Israeli jail after weeks - UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

The representative of a Turkish aid organization, who had been under detention in Israel for 21 days, returned to Turkey early on Tuesday.

Izzet Sahin had been kept in a prison cell for 21 days since his arrest by Israeli security officials on the 27th of April, 2010 at Bethlehem checkpoint. Israel Security Agency (Shabak) kept on interrogating Izzet Sahin up to this day, but still could not put forward any concrete evidence against him.


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Making a brief statement upon his arrival at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport from Tel-Aviv, Izzet Sahin, the West Bank representative of the Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), said that he had not been informed in any way about the reasons for his arrest.

A group of concerned people individually formed IHH in response to attempt to "ethnic cleansing" of Serbs in Bosnia, largest genocide committed after the World War II.


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Since then, IHH volunteers keeps aid missions throughout the world.

He said “I stayed in an Israeli prison for 20 days, but there are thousands of innocent people out there who are locked behind walls. I am hoping that those Palestinians who are forced to spend years in Israeli jails will be released.”

Sahin expressed his thanks to Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, Foreign Minister of Turkey, Ambassador to Turkey in Israel, members of the Turkish Parliament and to all media institutions for their help and support, an IHH statement said.

Bulent Yildirim, President of IHH, also said “Israel took Sahin hostage in order to stop the flotilla campaign. I am hoping that they will never do a mistake like that again. Today, we received one joyful and one sad news. Two of our friends were on board the airplane that crashed in Afghanistan. We experienced joy and sorrow at the same time. I pray that all of the sufferings and pain in the world will disappear.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs exerted political pressure on Israel asking for the release of the Turkish national. Finally, Israel has moved the court hearing planned to be held on the 20th of May, Thursday, back to an earlier date.


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Late Monday, Izzet Sahin, after being interrogated one last time by Shabak, has been released. Sahin was deported after being released on the arrival of the documents signed by Israel’s Ministry of Interior.

IHH is also among the aid groups that plan to break years of Israel siege on Gaza land through sea in May. The ship that will set off from Istanbul aims to reach Gaza via the Mediterranean Sea.


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