Hezbollah chief calls for support for Turkey after Israeli flotilla raid

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah, called on Friday for greater support for Turkey following an Israeli raid on a Gaza- bound aid flotilla.

During a ceremony commemorating the flotilla on Friday night in Hezbollah's stronghold Dahiya, southern suburb of Beirut, Nasrallah said that the flotilla raid attained many achievements, including the deterioration of Israeli-Turkish ties, adding that Ankara's move away from Israel would lead to a strategic transformation of the region.

Israel on Monday attacked the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla, causing at least nine activists dead, including eight Turkish citizens and the other a U.S. citizen of Turkish descent.

Nasrallah called for Lebanese to participate in future aid fleets to Gaza.

He said that the flotilla's attempt to sail on Gaza also caused a setback to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, citing Kuwait's decision earlier in the week to withdraw from the initiative.

Nasrallah added that the flotilla issue also compelled the world to call for the lifting of Israel's siege on Gaza. However, he also said that Israel's raid also proved that U.S. President Barack Obama's administration is still committed to defending Israel and its crimes.

The raid also proved that Israel "is a terrorist state and does not respect any humanitarian or moral values," said Nasrallah.

Source: Xinhua


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