Abbas: Israel attacks flotilla to deter the world from breaking Gaza blockade

09:10, June 01, 2010      

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Monday of attacking Gaza Freedom Flotilla to deter the international community from breaking the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

"Israel insists to keep the blockade on the Gaza Strip, therefore it committed this massacre against innocent civilians," Abbas said at the beginning of a meeting of the Palestinian leadership here to discuss the earlier Israeli attack on the Gaza- bound flotilla.

"We won't keep silent," added Abbas.

On Monday morning, Israeli naval forces attacked the Freedom Flotilla, killing at least 19 and wounding dozens. The forces also seized the ships and vessels and prevented the fleet from reaching the Gaza Strip.

"The unfair siege that Israel is imposing on the Gaza Strip for three years is the reason that urges international humanitarian organizations to reach Gaza and offer their help to our people in Gaza," said Abbas.

He added that the Palestinian leadership "would carry out proper measures to face the Israeli actions."

Abbas said he had talked with the Turkish leadership and presented his condolences to the families of the victims.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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