Latin American countries condemn Israeli attack against humanitarian aid ship

08:33, June 01, 2010      

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Latin American countries strongly condemned on Monday the attack carried out by the Israeli forces against a ship with Turkish flag, loaded with humanitarian aid for Gaza, Palestine, killing 19 people and injuring 30 others.

The Argentine government condemned the attack in international waters. "The Republic of Argentina deeply regrets the loss of lives in this event and makes a call for carrying out a complete and exhaustive investigation on the event," the Argentine Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry made a "strong call for immediately stopping the violent events, which worsen the situation in the Middle East and lifting the embargo against the people in Gaza, allowing the free circulation of people and the entrance of humanitarian aid to the region."

Argentina also urged Israel to observe the international humanitarian law and follow the resolution of the United Nations in order to achieve a just and long-lasting peace in the region.

The Chilean Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "Chile condemns the use of the forces in any form." Senator Alejandro Navarro told Xinhua that Chile "condemns Israel and this event will have multilateral consequences because it set a serious precedent."

The Mexican government also strongly condemned the attack. " Mexico deeply regretted the death of at least 19 people and an undetermined number of injured people during the attack," the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry expressed "its condolence and sympathy to the relatives of the victims and injured of these regrettable events."

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