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last updated May 31, 2010
published May 31, 2010
Turkish Press Release on the Use of Force by the IDF Against the Humanitarian Fleet to Gaza
Read more:  Freedom Flotilla, convoy, humanitarian aid, aid, closure, blockade, civil society, Turkey-Israel relations, Israel-Turkey relations
Summary: The Turkish government protests in the strongest terms the use of force by the Israeli military against civilians from many countries seeking to transport humanitarian assistance to the people in Gaza.
News
Spate of Gaza suicides raises red flags
Sept. 26, 2012
Iran says Gaza aid delegation to go on Lebanon ship
June 26, 2010
Irish groups to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla
Aug. 30, 2010


Multimedia
US boat to Gaza turned back by Greek commandos
Democracy Now interviews Gaza flotilla participants
Gaza Blockade
al-Jazeera Int. interviews its reporter aboard the Mavi Marmara


Documents
Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
EU's Catherine Ashton speech at the European Parliament on the situation in Gaza
French Consulate's Translation of Statement of Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs on the Israeli Operation Against the Peace Flotilla


Publications
The Intifada: An Overview of the First Two Years
The Stone and the Olive Branch: Four Years of the Intifada, from Jabalia to Madrid
Towards a State of Independence: The Palestinian Uprising, December 1987 - August 1988


Background
Health (Israeli)
Wall
Closure


Resources
Egypt's Gaza wall months from completion - Israel, Reuters, December 30, 2009
Cairo's plan B, Gamal A. G. Soltan, Bitterlemons, January 14, 2010 Edition 2 Volume 8
Statement Following the Israeli Security Cabinet Meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Office, June 20, 2010


Document Text
No: 115, 31 May 2010, Press Release Regarding the Use of Force by the Israeli Defense Forces Against the Humanitarian Aid Fleet to Gaza

We protest in the strongest terms the use of force by the Israeli Defense Forces against the civilians from many countries who want to transport humanitarian assistance to the people in Gaza, and among whom there are women and children, which, according to the initial information available, resulted in the death of 2 persons and injury of more than 30 people.

Israel has once again clearly demonstrated that it does not value human lives and peaceful initiatives through targeting innocent civilians. We strongly condemn these inhuman acts of Israel. This grave incident which took place in high seas in gross violation of international law might cause irreversible consequences in our relations.

Besides the initiatives being conducted by our Embassy in Tel Aviv, this unacceptable incident is being strongly protested and explanation is demanded from Israel’s Ambassador in Ankara, who has been invited to our Ministry.

Whatsoever the motives might be, such actions against civilians who are involved only in peaceful activities cannot be accepted. Israel will have to bear the consequences of these actions which constitute a violation of international law.

May God bestow His mercy upon those who lost their lives. We wish to express our condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased, and swift recovery to the wounded.
Document Text
No: 115, 31 May 2010, Press Release Regarding the Use of Force by the Israeli Defense Forces Against the Humanitarian Aid Fleet to Gaza

We protest in the strongest terms the use of force by the Israeli Defense Forces against the civilians from many countries who want to transport humanitarian assistance to the people in Gaza, and among whom there are women and children, which, according to the initial information available, resulted in the death of 2 persons and injury of more than 30 people.

Israel has once again clearly demonstrated that it does not value human lives and peaceful initiatives through targeting innocent civilians. We strongly condemn these inhuman acts of Israel. This grave incident which took place in high seas in gross violation of international law might cause irreversible consequences in our relations.

Besides the initiatives being conducted by our Embassy in Tel Aviv, this unacceptable incident is being strongly protested and explanation is demanded from Israel’s Ambassador in Ankara, who has been invited to our Ministry.

Whatsoever the motives might be, such actions against civilians who are involved only in peaceful activities cannot be accepted. Israel will have to bear the consequences of these actions which constitute a violation of international law.

May God bestow His mercy upon those who lost their lives. We wish to express our condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased, and swift recovery to the wounded.
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