Haneya: Turkey should get back flotilla aid from Israel

14:32, June 05, 2010      

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Ismail Haneya, premier of the deposed Hamas government which rules the Gaza Strip, said Turkey should get back the aid carried by the Freedom Flotilla which was confiscated by Israel and bring it to Gaza.

On Monday, the Israeli army attacked the Freedom Flotilla, killing at least nine and wounding dozens. The Israeli army seized the ships, detained and expelled hundreds back to their countries.

Israel confiscated the aid carried by the flotilla, however, Hamas rulers refused to receive the aid, saying they only receive it after Israel frees all the arrested campaigners.

"The Turkish Association of Solidarity should get back the aid and bring it to the Gaza Strip," Haneya told hundreds of prayers who prayed for the victims of the flotilla in Gaza.

Haneya called for sending more flotillas to the Gaza Strip "to break the siege imposed by Israel," adding "the patience of our people had undermined the occupation's strategy of besieging Gaza. "

Speaking about Egypt's decision to reopen Rafah border crossing until a further notice, Haneya called on Egypt to "permanently keep Rafah crossing opened because Gaza needs various kinds of aid. "

Source: Xinhua

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