Israel to secure airport ahead of Gaza protest

AP , Wednesday 6 Jul 2011

Israel to increase police presence in Ben Gurion airport ahead of planned protests

Israel says extra police troops will be deployed at the country's international airport ahead of arrival later this week of pro-Palestinian activists protesting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the beefed-up contingent of hundreds of officers will be ready to act in case of disruptions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with senior security officials at the Ben-Gurion International Airport on Wednesday to review the procedures.

Netanyahu says "every country has a right to block the entry of provocateurs."

Hundreds of activists from around the world are expected to fly in Friday after efforts to send a flotilla of ships to bust the blockade have stalled.

Activists say they plan no disruptions.

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