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Former US Rep Cynthia McKinney is being held in a detention center in Ramle, Israel, after venturing out to sea with about 20 other activists to provide aid to Gazans as part of the "Free Gaza Movement" The ship Spirit of Humanity was intercepted by the Israeli navy before the group could reach its destination McKinney will be sent back to the U soon, the American Embassy said.

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The Israeli navy has seized a boat carrying 20 peace activists trying to deliver food, medicine and school supplies to the Gaza Strip. The trip was carried out by the Free Gaza Movement in defiance of Israel's blockade of Gaza, in place since Hamas took control of the area in 2007.

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