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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
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April 10, 2012
‘Tahrir‘ ship pulls out of dwindling flotilla
July 10, 2011
‘Viva Palestina‘ flotilla allowed passage through Egypt
Oct. 16, 2010


Multimedia
Gaza Blockade
Gazans decry tax increases
al-Jazeera Int. interviews its reporter aboard the Mavi Marmara
Al-Jazeera Int: Israel boards aid fleet


Documents
OCHA - The Humanitarian Monitor - February 2009
Call for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Call from Gaza for Global Response to Killings on the Freedom Flotilla


Publications
No Exit: Israel‘s Curfew Policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The Intifada: An Overview of the First Two Years
The Stone and the Olive Branch: Four Years of the Intifada, from Jabalia to Madrid


Background
Checkpoints
Closure
Gaza aid convoys and flotillas


Resources
"The West Bank Barrier" OCHA, April 2009
A New Look at the Tanzimat: The Case of the Province of Jerusalem, by Haim Gerber, 1989
OCHA report on Nablus, February 2007


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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