Israel Stops Gaza-Bound Flotilla, At Least 10 Killed
The search for lasting peace between Israel and Palestine took another blow as at least 10 people were killed in a clash between Israeli military and pro-Palestinian militants. Israeli soldiers stopped an aid flotilla headed for the disputed Gaza Strip, resulting in the bloody clash that is sure to increase tensions in the Middle East.
Israel said its Navy commandos were attacked with clubs and knives as they boarded the six vessels that were carrying aid for the more than 1.5 million people leaving in the Gaza Strip. Israel has imposed an embargo in the Gaza Strip in a bid to stop the possible delivery of weapons to Palestinian militants. However, Palestinian supporters, especially Turkey, said the violence was unnecessary. Some of the vessels in the aid convoy were flying Turkish flag.
Turkey said Israel violated international law and should face the consequences of its action. Turkey immediately called an emergency meeting after the incident, which comes as Israel is trying to mend diplomatic relations with other Muslim nations and Western powers, which all oppose the Gaza blockade.
Meanwhile, the Free Gaza Movement, which organized the flotilla, said Israel’s action was unacceptable, adding that it will continue to send aid to the Gaza Strip. “We have two other boats. This is not going to stop us,” the movement’s spokeswoman, Greta Berlin, said.