Gaza ship raid `completely unacceptable`: British PM
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 23:35
  
London: British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that an Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships was "completely unacceptable".

In his first public comments on the situation, Cameron said he had also spoken to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to extend our condolences for the Turkish citizens who have been lost".

"What has happened is completely unacceptable, we should be clear about that and we should also deplore the loss of life," Cameron told lawmakers at his first Prime Minister's Questions session since taking power last month.

"We should do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again and I stressed this point in a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel," he added.

Nine people were killed, reportedly including four Turks, on Monday when a flotilla of boats heading for Gaza was boarded by Israeli commandos in international waters. Britain says 37 British nationals were on board.

Hundreds of activists were detained and are being deported from Israel.

Another ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, is currently en route for Gaza, potentially setting up a fresh showdown.

On the blockade of Gaza, Cameron added: "Friends of Israel, and I count myself a friend of Israel, should be saying to the Israelis that the blockade actually strengthens Hamas's grip on the economy and on Gaza and it's in their own interests to lift it".

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 23:35


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