UN tells Israel: release boats, free passengers
Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships aiming to break the country’s siege on Gaza. More than 19 people were killed and dozens injured when troops intercepted the convoy of ships dubbed the Freedom Flotilla early on Monday. The Israeli Army Radio had earlier said that up to 16 people had been killed. Inside Story: With world wide condemnations after Israeli commando operation, is Israel already paying too high a price for enforcing the siege? What are the likely ramifications of this incident?
In Turkey, thousands have taken to the streets to express their anger over Israel’s deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. Turkish activists returning home after being arrested on the vessels and then deported are strongly critical of the Israeli conduct and the treatment of detainees after the raid. Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from Istanbul.
Erdogan to Israel: Don’t test our patience Turkish prime minister calls IDF’s operation against flotilla to Gaza ‘massacre’, ‘state terror’, ‘piracy’; says Israelis must pressure gov’t to cease such acts. During a speech before the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Erdogan said the flotilla was legal, and the operation against it was a violation of the spirit of the UN. He added that the unjustified attack against the flotilla was "a blow to world peace and against international law." "Turkey’s friendship is as strong as its animosity," he said. "The Israeli nation must pressure its government to cease such acts. All detainees must be released, including parliament members and the 60 Turkish journalists. Israel will not be able to show itself in the world until it apologizes for what happened and undergoes self-criticism. It is destroying its alliances one after the other." Due to the flotilla events, Erdogan cut short his visit to South America and returned to Ankara. During talks with Chilean reporters before his return, he said the events were "state terror" and called for an emergency NATO meeting to discuss the escalation. "This operation, which is completely against international law, is an act of inhuman state terror," he said. "Don’t think that we’ll sit by in silence after such events."
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With the the death toll from Israel’s assault on a Turkish-led convoy at nine, Lindsey Hilsum reports from Israel that it has again focused attention on Israel’s blockade of Gaza, while Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells Channel 4 News the blockade is a "legitimate tool".
A day after the Israeli raid on the aid flotilla bound for Gaza, nearly 500 passengers remain locked up in an Israeli jail, at least nine bodies are lying in a morgue, and dozens of wounded activists are getting treated in hospitals.
Al Jazeera: Israeli military opens fire on convoy of aid ships trying to break Gaza blockade
AlJazeera: Israel attacks Gaza aid flotilla – 16 activists killed
At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in a raid by Israeli commandos on a convoy of aid ships trying to reach Gaza. Half a dozen boats carrying thousands of tonnes of aid were trying to break an Israeli blockade. The operation was organised by the Free Gaza Movement. Turkey has already condemned the violence as unacceptable, with some of the ships flying Turkish flags. Amid mounting criticism of the Israeli operation, the military says soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters. Some Israeli commandos are reported to have been slightly injured. The captured ships are being taken to an Israeli port. The flotilla set off in international waters off Cyprus on Sunday. It was organised, among others, by a Turkish human rights organisation. Ankara had urged Israel to allow it safe passage.
Israeli commandos armed with guns attacked the lead ship of a flotilla of aid-carrying vessels bound for Gaza on Monday, leaving several of the pro-Palestinian activists on board dead and many more injured. The Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of six ships carrying hundreds of activists, political leaders and journalists from around the world, was trying to deliver about 10,000 tonnes of basic aid including food, medicines, and construction material, in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. While Israel has said activists were the first to attack the troops with bats and knives when they boarded the ship, the flotilla’s organisers said that Israeli forces were the ones to open fire first. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Moyheldin reports from Jerusalem.
People all over the world have protested against Israel’s attack on an aid-carrying convoy bound for Gaza that left several pro-Palestinian activists on board dead and many more injured. The Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of six ships carrying hundreds of activists, political leaders and journalists from around the world, was trying to deliver about 10,000 tonnes of basic aid including food, medicines, and construction material, in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. While Israel has said activists with bats and knives were the first to attack the gun-wielding troops when they boarded the ship, the flotilla’s organisers said that Israeli forces were the ones to open fire first. Nonetheless, there is a unanimous agreement across the world that the assault was unjustly disproportionate. Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, has said he is "shocked by reports of killings and injuries" and has called for a full investigation into the incident. Several countries have called for urgent meetings on Israel’s lethal use of force. Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh and Nadim Baba report on the reactions of political leaders and ordinary people across the world.
Dozens of people outraged by a deadly Israeli commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip demonstrated outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington Monday afternoon, chanting "End the siege in Gaza now!"
There have been demonstrations across the world in protest at Israel’s attack on an aid flotilla bound for convoy. International leaders condemned the raid.
Three boats that will form part of a flotilla hoping to break the siege of Gaza are due to leave a port in southern Turkey. They are to link up with six other vessels off the coast of Cyprus, before heading to the Gaza Strip. But Israel says it will stop the flotilla before it reaches its destination – and arrest all on board. Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall reports from Antalya.