Turkish ministers convene after deadly Israeli attack on Gaza ships

Turkish ministers and high-level officials convened at Prime Ministry building in Ankara early on Monday after Israel attacked on a convoy of aid ships of a Turkish relief organization carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza.

Turkish ministers convene after deadly Israeli attack on Gaza ships

Turkish ministers and high-level officials convened at Prime Ministry building in Ankara early on Monday after Israel attacked on a convoy of aid ships of a Turkish relief organization carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, Anadolu news agency said.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Interior Minister Besir Atalay, Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala, General Staff Operations Commander Gen. Mehmet Eroz, Naval Forces Vice Commander Adm. Nusret Guner and bureaucrats are participating in the meeting.

The officials are discussing an attack on the Naval Reinforcement Command in Iskenderun town of the southern province of Hatay as well as the Israeli attack on aid flotilla.

Early on Monday, six Turkish troops were killed and seven others were wounded when PKK militants attacked with rockets on the Naval Reinforcement Command in Iskenderun.

Again early in the day, Israeli navy's forces attacked on a convoy of aid ships of IHH --a Turkish humanitarian relief organization-- carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, killing up to 16 activists and wounding more than 30 peopne the aid ship.

Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the Israeli attack.

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


Agencies

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