Turkey urges UN for strong reaction to Israel, wants compensation

Turkish foreign minister urged the United Nations Security Council to react strongly to Israel, who raided on ships carrying aid to Gaza.

Turkey urges UN for strong reaction to Israel, wants compensation

 

The Turkish foreign minister urged on Monday the United Nations (UN) Security Council to react strongly to Israel, who raided on ships carrying aid to Gaza.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also urged the Security Council to condemn the Israeli attack.

"Turkey also demands that the responsible be punished," Davutoglu said during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

Davutoglu said the international community had witnessed the tragedy in Gaza, but had not taken action.

"We have witnessed a barbarism which punished a humanitarian aid, and bodies of many humanitarian relief members were put in body bags, and Israel has blood in its hands," he said.

Davutoglu said there was need for common sense, and the force used by Israel was not only inappropriate but also disproportionate.

Civilians could not be attacked under international rules, and freedom of open seas was a fundamental right, Davutoglu said.

The Turkish foreign minister said no ship could be stopped without the consent of the captain or the flag state.

Israel's move could not be justified, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Turkey was a country helping the Jews, and said he was sorry to hear executives of a state were telling lies such as those aboard the ships were members of a "radical Islamic group."

The minister said there were Jews, Muslims and Christians on the ships, who were a "model of the UN," and that the attacks were in a sense an attack against the UN.

Davutoglu said no state was above laws, and Israel should be ready to confront consequences of its behaviors and kept responsible for its crimes.

Israel should apologize to the international community, and the families of the dead and injured, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said an independent inquiry should be launched immediately.

The minister also said ships should be set free, aid in Gaza should be allowed in, compensation should be paid to the families of the dead and injured and the owner of ships, and blockade of Gaza should be ended.

Davutoglu later told reporters that Turkey wanted the Council to adopt a presidential statement.

Israeli navy forces raided a convoy of aid ships of Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, killing at least 10 people and injuring 30 others.

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