Arab league chief calls flotilla activists 'martyrs'

June 10, 2010 14:44

ISTANBUL  — Arab league chief Amr Moussa accused Israel on Thursday of continued "atrocity and assault" in the Middle East in violation of human rights and international law.

Moussa, speaking at an economic forum between Turkey and Arab nations, said "Israel is the main reason for the black hole in the region."He also praised Turkey for challenging Israel following the May 31 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left eight Turks and a Turkish-American teenager dead. Israel insists its commandos acted in self-defense after being attacked by pro-Palestinian activists.

Moussa said the nine dead "are our martyrs as well."

The meeting opened with calls for an international investigation into the deadly Israeli raid.

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