Libya's Gaddafi blames U.S. for Israeli attack on Gaza aid fleet

08:47, June 02, 2010      

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi held the United States responsible for an attack by Israeli forces against a Gaza-bound aid fleet, that left several activists killed and injured.

"The responsibility for this heinous crime does not fall on the Israelis, but on the United States and the poor American taxpayers who are funding this colonial entity," Gaddafi was quoted by state- run Jana news agency as saying in a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.

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

"The warships that killed scores of unarmed civilians, peace advocates would not have done so if they were not supported by the U.S. 6th Fleet," he said, in reference to the U.S. naval force stationed in the Italian city of Gaeta and operating in the Mediterranean Sea.

He also reiterated a call on the world to give up "funny initiatives" aiming to create two separate states, stressing that the only solution to end the conflict is the establishment of a single democratic country for both the Palestinians and Israelis.

Source: Xinhua


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