Bradford

Bradford protest over Gaza aid ship clash

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Image caption Mr Bhaiyat is due home on Sunday

A protest has been held in Bradford in support of a local man who was injured when Israeli forces stormed an aid vessel heading for Gaza.

Mohammed Bhaiyat, of Great Horton, was among those taken prisoner during the clash on a Turkish flotilla, which saw nine civilians killed.

The 26-year-old is due to return back to the city on Sunday morning.

His father Ziauddin Bhaiyat said: "When I work up that morning and saw what was happening I just thought the worse."

Hundreds of people turned out for the city centre protest.

It comes as Israeli troops took control of a second aid ship trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this week, Israel came under fierce criticism after its troops shot dead nine people during a violent confrontation with those on board the Turkish Mavi Marmara.

Israel says its commandos were attacked with weapons, including knives, and opened fire in self-defence.

Activists on the ship said troops shot at them without provocation.

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