There is still no peace in the Middle East after an Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla carrying aid for Palestinians in Gaza resulted in at least nine deaths and 20 or more people wounded. Details on the flipside
A Turkish group, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation or IHH, was one of the organizers of the flotilla, but people from various nations were aboard. Turkey’s deputy prime minister has already spoken out to condemn the incident:
Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador to Israel, canceling three joint military drills and calling on the U.N. Security Council to convene in an emergency session about Israel.
The moves come after 10 pro-Palestinian activists on an aid flotilla were reported killed and dozens wounded by Israeli forces.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador on Monday and also calling back a youth soccer team from Israel. He equates Israel’s actions with “piracy.” He rules out deploying Turkish warships in the Mediterranean but severely condemns Israel, saying “This operation will leave a bloody stain on the history of humanity.”
There have been conflicting reports of the incident. Israel Defense Forces are saying their men planned deal peacefully with the activists until they were attacked with “severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs.” Meanwhile the Free Gaza Movement, one of the organizers of the aid, said that Israeli commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of one of the ships and “immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians.”
A host of nations has condemned the military action and called for an investigation.
The United Nations Security Council will hold talks at 1 p.m. ET Monday on the incident.
SMH… this ish is crazy.