Monday, May 31, 2010
UNSC meeting urged on Israeli attack
Following the Israeli navy's attack on a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza, Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
The Israeli navy stormed the Freedom Flotilla early on Monday, killing at least 20 people, mostly Turkish nationals and injuring 50 others, according to al-Aqsa television.
The convoy was intercepted in international waters, some 150km (90 miles) off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cancelled his meetings in Washington to head to New York for the UN gathering.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said his country withdrew its ambassador to Israel.
Condemning Monday's assault, several European nations, including, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and Ireland summoned Israeli envoys to their respective countries.
Tens of thousands of people across the world gathered to denounce the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla.
In Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, people took to the streets to condemn the move. The protesters also attacked Israel's consulate in the city, prompting police to use water canon to disperse the crowd.
Meanwhile, the European Union is calling for a full inquiry into the Israeli attack on the humanitarian aid convoy.
The convoy, compromised of nine ships, was carrying 10,000 tons of supplies and hundreds of politicians, activists and journalists.
The flotilla was seeking to break Israel's crippling blockade of Gaza and deliver basic necessities to the impoverished Palestinians living in the coastal enclave.