Turkey calls for UN emergency meeting on Israeli aid fleet attack

Turkey Monday called for an emergency meeting of UN Security Council after Israeli operation on a convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cancelled his meetings in Washington D.C. and would proceed to New York for UN Security Council meeting, the report said.

Meanwhile, Israeli ambassador in Ankara Gaby Levy was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry after Israeli navy raided a convoy of six ships carrying civilians and humanitarian aid to Gaza.

At a meeting with the Israeli ambassador, Deputy Undersecretary Unal Cevikoz conveyed Turkey's protest, saying that the attack was "totally unacceptable".

"It is against the international law to intercept ships, which sail in the international waters and carry humanitarian aid, by using force. It is impossible to accept and tolerate such an interception," Cevikoz said.

Israeli forces on Monday attacked the international convoy of aid ships when trying to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, killing up to 20 and wounding more than 30 others, Israeli media reported.

[Source: Xinhua, Ankara, 31May10]

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