Israel will endure consequences of bloody attack: Turkey

Israeli troops attacked international aid ships in a bloody operation although they are in international waters.

Israel will endure consequences of bloody attack: Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey said on Monday it strongly protested against Israel's military attack which killed about 15 people on board a convoy of aid ships that activists were trying to sail to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli troops attacked international aid ships in a bloody operation although they are in international waters.

"(The attack on the convoy) is unacceptable ... Israel will have to endure the consequences of this behaviour," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters news agency.

It said Ankara had called Israel's ambassador to the ministry.

Israel has opened fire at a Turkish aid ship sailing for the Gaza Strip, Turkish TVs reported early Monday.

Israeli soldiers used live bullets at the aid activists, Turkish IHH activists told the report.

Reports have not said which nationalities the dead have. There are no reports about the other aid ships. However, Turkish ship "Mavi Marmara" carries people who have different nationalities, not only Turks.

"Once again"


Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "Israeli military used force against civilians including women, children and the elderly from several countries who wished to take humanitarian aid to Gazan people."

"According to the preliminary reports, two people lost their lives and more than 30 others were injured when the Israeli navy intercepted the six-ship flotilla. We strongly condemn it," it said, according to Turkish Anadolu news agency.

"Israel has once again showed that it completely ignores human life and peaceful initiatives by targeting innocent civilians. We harshly condemn such an inhuman treatment by Israel. This unfortunate event, which took place in the open sea and which is a violation of the international law, may lead to irredeemable consequences in our bilateral relations," the Ministry said.

"Besides the initiatives by the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv, the ambassador of Israel in Ankara has been summoned to the Ministry for an urgent explanation. We will tell the ambassador that Turkey strongly condemns such an unacceptable incident," it said.

"Whatever Israel's reasons are, it is impossible to accept such an action against civilians carrying out peaceful activities. Israel will have to put up with consequences of this violation of the international law," it said.

The Ministry also offered its condolences to those who lost their beloved ones in the attack.

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