Israel’s flotilla attack was act of war


Related: The Mavi Marmara Massacre


PressTV –  Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:59PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey says Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla could have led to a war between the two countries.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the May 2010 attack — which killed nine Turkish activists — was ‘a cause for war,’ the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

He said the act of aggression was carried out in international waters and was ‘unlawful,’ noting, however, that “we decided to act in line with Turkey’s grandeur and showed patience.”

The six-ship flotilla was carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the blockaded territory when the deadly incident occurred.

Israel has refused to apologize for the bloodshed, prompting Turkey to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ankara and cut all bilateral military ties.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has also said the country plans to take action at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to challenge TelAviv’s four-year siege of Gaza. The blockade has been preventing the flow of food, medicine, and other supplies into the impoverished coastal territory.

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