Press TV reporter missing after attack


Wed, 02 Jun 2010  All contact with Press TV’s correspondent Hassan Ghani was lost soon after Israeli commandos intercepted the Freedom Flotilla in the Mediterranean.
Three days after the deadly Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the fate of Press TV’s British national correspondent onboard the humanitarian convoy remains unknown.

All contact with Press TV’s Hassan Ghani was lost soon after Israeli commandos intercepted the Freedom Flotilla in international waters, some 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

A short video obtained by Press TV shows Ghani on board a ship that was coming under attack by Israeli commandos on Monday.

His father, Haq Ghani, says the British Foreign Office has not provided him with much information on the whereabouts of his son.

“I haven’t been able to learn much from the Foreign Office in the British government, whose job is to inform us about British subjects who have been caught in these sorts of situations,” concerned Haq told Press TV on Wednesday.

Families of other activists travelling on board the flotilla are facing the same anxious wait to hear about their loved ones.

This is while, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced on Tuesday that the 41 Britons held in Israel’s southern Beersheba prison were expected to be deported “very quickly.”

One British activist has already been deported.

According to officials, no British national was among the 20 people dead in the brutal attack. However, one is said to have received medical attention for injuries.

Following the attack on the humanitarian convoy, protests were held across Britain in London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow.

The protesters expressed their shock and outrage over the incident, calling on their government to sever ties with Tel Aviv.

Britain was among the few countries that refused to join the global condemnation of the Israeli attack with British Prime Minister David Cameron only saying that he “deplored the heavy loss of life.”

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