Spanish activists for Gaza say Israel 'targeted' Muslims in boat

Three Spanish citizens, who survived the Israeli operation on Gaza-bound aid ship, thanked Turkish government for its efforts.

Spanish activists for Gaza say Israel 'targeted' Muslims in boat

Three Spanish citizens, who survived the Israeli operation on Gaza-bound aid ship, thanked Turkish government for its efforts.

The Spanish citizens including two volunteers and a journalist arrived in Barcelona on Friday.

Volunteer Laura Arau told reporters that they were able to leave Israel thanks to initiatives of Turkey, adding that Turkey paid their hotel expenses in Istanbul and bought plane tickets for Spain.

Also, Spanish journalist David Segarra said that Israel attacked citizens from 50 countries who aimed to extend humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Volunteer Manuel Tapial said that before they left for Gaza, they asked the UN to check the materials in the ships and also wanted politicians and governments to take measures however, nothing was made. Tapial said that they talked with some European friends in Istanbul, and they wanted to send another aid flotilla to Gaza within the next 4-5 months.

Telling his worst moment in the ship, Tapiel said that Israeli soldiers raided the ship and gathered everybody on the deck and handcuffed them. He added that the soldiers made Muslims kneel down, while offering benches to Europeans which was a racist approach.

On Monday, Israeli staged an operation against aid flotilla on its way to Gaza, killing nine people on board, eight Turkish citizen and an American of Turkish descent.
On June 2, two days after the Israeli raid, two military ambulance planes brought 19 injured activists back to Turkey.

Three Turkish Airlines (THY) planes, carrying activists who were detained by Israeli authorities, landed in Istanbul early on June 3.

The planes, carrying 466 activists as well as bodies of nine people who were killed in the attack, landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at short intervals on June 3.

Turkey strongly protested Israel and recalled its ambassador.

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Last Mod: 05 Haziran 2010, 16:57
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