Turkey to send letter to condemn Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla

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The human rights committee of the Turkish parliament will send a letter to UN and EU organizations to condemn the recent Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday.

The Human Rights Inspection Committee of the Turkish Parliament will send the letter of condemnation to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE) and the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights.

In the letter, the Turkish parliament committee said that Israel staged the armed attack on open seas and violated international law.

"However, more importantly, the ships, which set sail under an international initiative of nongovernmental groups and which carried hundreds of people from over 30 countries, had a humanitarian mission," the letter said.

The letter said the aim of the ships was to bring aid to people living in Gaza under blockade for 35 months, and draw the attention of international community to this isolation.

"Use of force and violence against unarmed people, including women, children and the elderly, is a serious breach of human rights and can no way be justified," the letter said.

The letter said the attack violated personal freedom and security, particularly the right to live and freedom of travel, and the right to be informed and communicate.

In the letter, the committee said people detained in Israel were subject to maltreatment.

Clashes broke out early Monday morning when Israeli naval commandos boarded and tried to gain control of one of the ships in the flotilla. The IDF confirmed at least 10 deaths among the activists, and that several Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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