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Malaysians detained by Israel to return home on Sunday

2010-06-03 10:23:23 GMT2010-06-03 18:23:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The 12 Malaysians detained earlier by Israel will return home on Sunday accompanied by Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman.

Malaysian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement here on Thursday that the group is expected to touch down at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport around 5.40 a.m.

The statement said that the ministry and its staff of the Malaysian Embassy in Amman, Jordan were assisting the volunteers with their travel arrangements and travel documents.

"Arrangements are also being made for them to travel to Istanbul, Turkey on June 4 to collect their belongings," added the statement.

Meanwhile, the statement said that Anifah, who went to Jordan on Wednesday, was relieved to see that everyone was safe and the deportation process from Israel had gone smoothly.

Israel defense forces attacked the humanitarian ship Mavi Marmara that had 12 Malaysians on board in the international waters early Monday.

The detained Malaysians were released and arrived in Jordan at 11.20 a.m. on Wednesday Malaysian time.

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