Gaza ship raid `completely unacceptable`: British PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 2, 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 2, 2010 - 23:35

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