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Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal called on Tuesday for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to be tried for war crimes in connection to Monday's Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine activists were killed.
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Mashaal, at a press conference in Yemen, said that Monday's clashes aboard the flotilla's Mavi Marmara ship were cause for a new Goldstone Report.
The Hamas leader said that activists aboard the ship were prevented from
getting to Gaza, but that they were successful in getting out their
message and they "defeated" Israel.
Mashaal praised Turkey
for its strong reaction
to the raid on the Mavi Marmara. The ship
originated its journey in Turkey and the Turkish Foreign Ministry has
reported that four
of the activists killed
in the raid were Turkish citizens.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized Israel
for the raid on Tuesday, calling the events a "bloody
Turkey also initiated
a meeting of NATO
on Tuesday in which a call was made for an
investigation into the events.
The UN Security Council called
for a probe
on Tuesday as well, condemning Israel's actions.