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In Jordan, hundreds demonstrated in the capital, Amman, to protest the Israeli action and demand that their government breaks diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
The Israeli ambassadors in Sweden, Spain, Denmark and Greece were summoned for meetings, and the French foreign minister called for an investigation. Activists from all of those European countries were on board the flotilla.
Besides swift, angry reaction from the Palestinians, strong condemnation came from the United Nations and the European Union. Greece suspended a military exercise with Israel, and the Arab League called an emergency meeting.
The United Nations expressed "shock" and condemned the killings.
"We are in contact with the Israeli authorities to express our deep concern and to seek a full explanation," said a statement from the highest-ranking U.N. official in the region, Robert Serry.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague has called on the Government of Israel to open all crossings for aid to enter Gaza and deplored the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza Flotilla. Foreign Secretary William Hague Crown Copyright
In a statement this morning the Foreign Secretary said: "I deplore the loss of life during the interception of the Gaza Flotilla. Our Embassy is in urgent contact with the Israeli Government. We are asking for more information and urgent access to any UK nationals involved.
We have consistently advised against attempting to access Gaza in this way, because of the risks involved. But at the same time, there is a clear need for Israel to act with restraint and in line with international obligations. It will be important to establish the facts about this incident, and especially whether enough was done to prevent deaths and injuries.
This news underlines the need to lift the restrictions on access to Gaza, in line with UNSCR 1860. The closure is unacceptable and counter-productive. There can be no better response from the international community to this tragedy than to achieve urgently a durable resolution to the Gaza crisis. I call on the Government of Israel to open the crossings to allow unfettered access for aid to Gaza, and address the serious concerns about the deterioration in the humanitarian and economic situation and about the effect on a generation of young Palestinians."
Meanwhile. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering the cancellation of his imminent trip to the United States, in wake of the deaths of at least 10 people after Israel Navy troops boarded a flotilla of ships heading to the Gaza Strip carrying aid. Netanyahu was due to head to Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama.
However the aid group, the Free Gaza Movement, has denied Israel's claims of instigating the violence.
"I don't know anything about the knives and axes or anything," said Audrey Bomse, Free Gaza Movement's legal coordinator.
"There is absolutely no evidence of live fire. You see this live streaming on the Turkish strip, you see the Israeli helicopters shooting. There's no evidence of fire passing them."
A Turkish customs official on Monday denied Israeli allegations that activists aboard a Turkish aid ship for Gaza stormed by Israeli forces possessed weapons, the Anatolia news agency reported. "Allegations that there were weapons aboard the Turkish ship are baseless," Fevzi Gulcan, the head of customs at the Mediterranean port city of Antalya, told Anatolia. Passengers on the ship, the Mavi Marmara, were allowed on board after they were searched by security officers and x-ray scanners before setting out into the Mediterranean on their mission, he added.
There was a spontaneous eruption of rioting in Nazareth, an Arab-populated town in the northern region of Israel, as a reaction to the killing of pro-Palestinian activists on board the ships of the aid flotilla. This was the first response from Israel’s Arab population to the recent actions of the military. Source: www.providingnews.com...
What will be impossible to ignore, however, is the likely backlash among Palestinians, both in the West Bank and in the Arab-dominated parts of Israel (more than 1m Israeli citizens are of Palestinian origin).
That is why both Israelis and Palestinians were paying special attention to reports that among the passengers injured in the raid was Raed Salah, the powerful leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Should he indeed be among the casualties, Israel could well face an explosion of popular anger among its Palestinian citizens.
But the central story here is Israel's Arabs. If Salah is indeed among the casualties, the result could be a wave of riots led by Islamic Movement activists. Targeted provocations by Islamists and left-wing activists will now take on strategic significance. Under certain circumstances, and if both sides fail to take steps to calm the situation, this could even end in a third intifada, or Palestinian uprising.
May 31 (Bloomberg) -- The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting after pro-Palestinian activists died in a clash when Israeli forces intercepted ships carrying humanitarian aid supplies to the Gaza Strip. The council is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. today in New York, the UN said in an e-mailed statement.
Lebanon, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, requested the meeting along with council member Turkey, according to Lebanon’s mission to the UN. The Palestinian Authority also requested the meeting in a letter to the council, Lebanon’s mission said.
Turkey has accused Israel of state-sponsored terrorism while describing Monday morning's Israeli attack on a fleet of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
“This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. No one should think we will keep quiet in face of this,” Erdoğan said. He added that this attack openly and in a clear way displayed that Israel does not want peace in the region.
Noting that he had to cancel his meeting in Chile due to the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid convoy, Erdoğan said in a press conference before he left Chile late on Monday that Israel had violated international law. He said participants were solely involved in a humanitarian mission and added that the ships had obeyed international maritime laws. Noting that there were white flags on the ships during the attack, the prime minister said people were only carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, where women and children live in poor conditions. Rejecting Israeli reports that there were weapons onboard, Erdoğan said Israel's claims are a lie.
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Turkey's prime minister described the raid as "state terrorism," saying Israel had violated international law and shown it doesn't want peace in the region.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will call on NATO to convene in an emergency session to discuss the incident. It has made a similar plea to the UN Security Council.
"This attack is state terrorism, violating international law," Erdogan said. "It should be known that we are not going to remain silent in the face of this inhumane state terrorism."
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Members of the United Nations Security Council on Monday urged Israel to lift its economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, in an emergency session to discuss the deadly Israel Navy raid on a convoy of international activists sailing to the coastal territory.
Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco said in his briefing to the UN's most powerful body that Monday's bloodshed would have been avoided if repeated calls on Israel to end the "counterproductive and unacceptable" blockade of Gaza had been heeded.