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Former US ambassador captured aboard Gaza aid ship to be sent home

By Associated Press
Monday, May 31, 2010 22:21 EDT
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A former U.S. ambassador aboard a Gaza aid ship seized by Israel commandos is on his way home, his wife said Monday evening.

Edward Peck, 81, of Chevy Chase, Md., was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, said his wife, Ann Peck.

She said she received a brief e-mail from Israel’s foreign ministry on Monday informing her that her husband was fine and headed home. The e-mail said he would likely arrive Tuesday and would call from a New York airport when he landed, Ann Peck said.

She said that as of Monday evening she hadn’t spoken with U.S. officials, nor was she able to talk to her husband, a former U.S. ambassador to Mauritania.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. ambassador aboard a Gaza aid ship seized by Israel commandos is on his way home, his wife said Monday evening.

Edward Peck, 80, of Chevy Chase, Md., was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza, said his wife, Ann Peck.

She said she received a brief e-mail from Israel’s foreign ministry on Monday informing her that her husband was fine and headed home. The e-mail said he would likely arrive Tuesday and would call from a New York airport when he landed, Ann Peck said.

She said that as of Monday evening she hadn’t spoken with U.S. officials, nor was she able to talk to her husband, a former U.S. ambassador to Mauritania.

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