Turkey summons Israeli envoy after deadly Gaza ship attack

Turkey has summoned Israeli envoy to condemn Israeli attack on Turkish Gaza aid ship on international waters.

Turkey summons Israeli envoy after deadly Gaza ship attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has summoned Israeli envoy to condemn Israeli attack on Turkish Gaza aid ship on international waters.

The move comes after Israeli troops shot dead two aid activists and wounded more than 30 on the ship, Turkish media said.

However, "between 14 and 16 people were killed on Monday when Israeli naval commandos boarded aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, Israel's Channel 10 television said, according to Reuters news agency.

Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Israeli envoy Gabby Levy to condemn the bloody action, Turkish TV, NTV, said.

The report also said, "Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis desk."

Turkey had repeatedly urged Israel to allow it safe passage and says the 10,000 tonnes of aid the convoy is carrying is humanitarian.

However, Israeli soldiers used live bullets at the aid activists, Turkish aid group 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.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is on his way from Brazil to the United States, informed Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the developments, Anadolu news agency said.

Mehmet Kaplan, a Swedish parliamentarian of Turkish descent, is also on board one of the ships in the flotilla.

After Israeli ships attacked the aid convoy, a crowded group of protestors gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate General in Istanbul. They protested the attack by chanting slogans.

Tight security measures have been taken around the Israeli consulate building.

The flotilla, which includes three cargo ships and three passenger ships, is trying to draw attention to Israel's three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. The boats are carrying items such as electric-powered wheelchairs, prefabricated homes and water purifiers.

Israel has been imposing a siege on the Gaza Strip since 2007 and killed up to 1500 Palestinians in an offensive, with a third of them women and children.

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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Turkey should immediately disconnect Israel from all affairs.

Hayrullah
Hayrullah - 11 yıl Before

This is turkey manipulation, please see the video
how the pepole on the boat beat the soldires,
the Israel Army says again and again please stop , we will give all the humanitiries stuff to Gaza.