Supporters protest against Israeli attack on Gaza aid flotilla in Turkey (2)

16:35, May 31, 2010      

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Israel's private Channel 10 television said Israeli forces opened fire after being attacked by a number of passengers and the Israeli Army Radio said more than 30 others were injured.

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday strongly condemned Israeli forces' attack, warning the move could damage the two countries' bilateral relations.

The ministry has summoned Israeli ambassador in Turkey for an urgent explanation of the issue, according to a ministry statement.

Israel has been imposing a tight blockade on the Gaza Strip since the Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the enclave by force in June 2007. However, Israel said that in spite of the blockade, it allowed food, fuels and humanitarian aid into the enclave over the past three years.

The flotilla consisted of six ships carrying about 10,000 tons of aid and activists and had set sail from a port in Cyprus on Sunday and was scheduled to reach Gaza by Monday morning, Al- Jazeera reported.

The flotilla, originally made up of nine ships from Turkey, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Kuwait and Algeria, were carrying cement, water purification systems and wheelchairs. One of the ships had not arrived and two others had been damaged.

Source: Xinhua
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