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British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: 'Israelis ignored SOS calls' Sarah Colborne said pleas for aid were dismissed by the troops who fired live rounds at the activists and handcuffed medical staff Robert Booth Video Interview with Sarah Colborne here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/jun/03/british-survivor-gaza-aid-floatilla The first British survivor of the assault on the Mavi Marmara Gaza aid ship to return to London has told of her terror as Israeli troops ignored SOS calls for medical aid and continued to fire live rounds at activists. Sarah Colborne, discount proscar director of campaigns and operations at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, discount proscar who was on board the Turkish ship when the Israeli navy mounted a raid early on Monday, discount proscar gave a press conference in central London still wearing her grey prison fatigues from her spell in jail in Be'er Sheva, discount proscar southern Israel. 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She said they were then taken to the port of Ashdod where men and women were separated, discount proscar before being bussed to prison at Be'er Sheva. Asked if the trip had been worth it, discount proscar she said: "We are hoping that the horrific deaths of the people will not be in vain. Discount proscar We are hoping this will act as a wake up call internationally ... "We can't sit by and watch Israel violate international law every day. Discount proscar We want the British government to take action, discount proscar ensure there is no future attacks on humanitarian aid convoys, discount proscar to ensure there is a search carried out for those that remain missing, discount proscar to ensure that those people who have been detained illegally will be released and most importantly to end the siege of Gaza." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/jun/03/british-survivor-gaza-aid-floatilla guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010