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East End Gaza activist flies home

PUBLISHED: 09:01 05 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 05 October 2010

ACTIVIST Kevin Ovenden who was caught up in the Israeli ambush on the Gaza aid convoy is due to return to the UK today. Mr Ovenden who worked in George Galloway s Westminster office and constituency office in Club Row and is an organiser of the Viva Pal

ACTIVIST Kevin Ovenden who was caught up in the Israeli ambush on the Gaza aid convoy is due to return to the UK today.

Mr Ovenden who worked in George Galloway's Westminster office and constituency office in Club Row and is an organiser of the Viva Palestina charity delivering aid to Gaza.

Mr Ovenden was on the ferry Mavi Marmara when it was raided by Israeli troops killing nine people.

The 42-year-old who lives in Forest Gate was taken off the boat to an Israeli jail and later deported to Turkey.

He has already been involved in two previous aid convoys to Gaza - both of them by land. This recent convoy attempted to break the Israeli sea blockade.

Mr Ovenden who stood for Respect as a councillor in the Millwall ward of Tower Hamlets is due to fly into Heathrow from Istanbul this morning along with George Galloway.


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