(photo credit: Associated Press)
At the request of Turkey, the United Nations Security Council will be
holding an emergency session on Monday evening to discuss today's
incident in which members of an international aid flotilla en-route to
Gaza were killed.
travel warning to TurkeyNavy escorts
flotilla ships to Ashdod
Turkey holds a temporary rotating seat on the
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc called Israel's actions
"piracy" and said Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador on Monday as well
as canceling three joint military drills and calling on the UN
Security Council to convene in an emergency session regarding Israel.
"I strongly condemn the use of force by Israeli military forces on an
aid convoy composed of 32 countries, including Turkey," Arinc said.
"This attack must not remain unanswered." He also said a Turkish youth
soccer team currently in Israel would be brought home.Istanbul:
Protesters demonstrate against IDF raid
blocked dozens of stone-throwing protesters who tried to storm the
Israeli Consulate in Istanbul after the IDF flotilla raid was reported.
and NTV showed dozens of angry protesters scuffling with Turkish police
guarding the consulate in downtown Istanbul.
"Damn Israel," the
Protesters later staged a more peaceful
demonstration outside the consulate, holding up Palestinian flags and
listening to readings from the Koran.
Activists also started to
gather outside the Israeli ambassador's residence in the Turkish
Two TV networks reported earlier that Israeli warships attacked the six
ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid for blockaded Gaza,
killing at least two and wounding an unknown number of people on board.
"We were not expecting such an operation in international waters," Omer
Faruk Korkmaz, an official of the pro-Islamic aid group, IHH, that led
the aid shipment said in Turkey. "Israel has been caught redhanded and
the international community will not forgive it."
Ex-Israeli envoy to Turkey: 'Use diplomatic relations'
Alon Liel, a former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, urged the Israeli
government to work together with the Turkish government to resolve the
fate of the flotilla. He suggested that, rather than bringing the
vessels into Ashdod, Israel should ask Turkey to send escort boats to
accompany them back to Turkey. “We have diplomatic relations with
Turkey,” said Liel. “Let’s utilize them.”