May 31, 2010
Shock and outrage sweep through the world over a deadly Israeli strike on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as protests erupt across the globe in condemnation of the attack.
On Monday, both foes and allies of Tel Aviv across the world closed ranks by condemning the early Monday raid on the six-ship Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which reportedly left some 20 people killed, mostly Turk nationals, and scores wounded.
In Turkey, hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets of Istanbul and gathered in front of Israel’s consulate, shouting anti-Israeli slogans.
Also in the Turkish capital, Ankara, police struggled to contain hundreds of outraged demonstrators outside the residence of the Israeli ambassador.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Jordanian capital Amman, urging the government to shut down the Israeli embassy. The furious protesters also called for an end to the years-long Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Both Jordan and Turkey summoned the Israeli ambassador over the lethal attack.
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In Kuwait, the parliament has held an emergency meeting over the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid fleet, which was carrying 16 Kuwaitis including an MP, the official KUNA news agency reported.
Iraq has also slammed the attack as a “new humanitarian disaster.”
Khairallah al-Basri, a member of current premier Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition, however, said the attack was not “unique” as such “shameful” Israeli crimes occurred every once in a while amidst global silence.
Arab League chief Amr Moussa had earlier slammed the raid as a “crime”, saying the 22-country body was consulting to decide on its next step against Israel.
In Europe, condemnations were equally swift, as Sweden, Greece, Spain, Denmark and Norway summoned Israeli envoys.
According to al-Aqsa television, at least 20 people were killed and 50 others injured when the Israeli navy stormed the Gaza Freedom Flotilla early on Monday. The convoy was intercepted in international waters, some 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.