Palestinian factions back Turkey for expelling Israel envoy

Related: The Mavi Marmara Massacre

Maan News Agency | Sept 3, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have welcomed the Turkish decision to expel Israeli diplomats from Ankara after a critical UN report about Israel’s raid on the 2010 freedom flotilla.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri welcomed Turkey’s decision to expel the ambassador. He said the decision was a normal reaction after Israel’s “crime against the freedom flotilla and Israel’s refusal to lift the siege on Gaza.”

The Popular Resistance Committees has also welcomed the decision and its spokesman praised Turkish positions “which are always in support of Palestinian rights.”

The Ansar Al-Mujahedeen movement, another Gaza-based group, praised Turkey and its people’s position in support of Palestine and called on Turkey to end all relations with Israel.

The movement called on Islamic countries to take similar steps.



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