Israel has decided to expel 48 international activists from 480 detained from a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, radio reports said on Tuesday, China''s Xinhua news agency said.
Those detained were being held at the southern Israeli prison of Ashdod, while the other 48 were being taken to Ben Gurion international airport to be sent back to their home countries, said the report.
A commander on Tuesday said that Israel''s navy is ready to stop another aid ship headed to Gaza.
Israel''s Army Radio reported that the MV Rachel Corrie, a converted merchant
ship, would reach Gazan waters by Wednesday.
Some 19 people were killed and more than 30 injured on Monday during an
Israeli military raid against the fortilla carrying aid to the besieged Gaza
Strip. The ship were carrying more than 700 people.