They survived piracy on the open seas, a murderous attack by Israeli commandos and unlawful detention in an Israeli jail. Now, the Syrians on the Gaza aid flotilla have returned home to a hero’s welcome.
Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, the Bishop of Jerusalem in exile, plus Shaza Barakat, Mohammad Satlah and Hasan Rifai were welcomed back in Damascus by cheering crowds.
“Israel won’t be able to continue the same way it has used to, the situation on the regional and international arenas won’t allow that siege to continue,” the President’s media advisor Buthaina Shaaban said after meeting the group at the Dedeman Hotel.
The four activists were released by the occupation authorities and travelled by bus into Jordan, before continuing on to Syria.