Istanbul: Some 5,000 people took to the
streets in Turkey`s biggest city Istanbul on Saturday to protest
Israel`s raid on aid ships bound for Gaza that killed nine
The crowd gathered at Caglayan on the European side of
the city straddling the Bosphorus Strait at the call of
Foundation of Humanitarian Relief (IHH), one of the key
organisers of the aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip.
"The longer we keep silent, the bigger the massacre
grows," read a banner in French while the demonstrators waved
Palestinian flags and shouted anti-Israeli slogans.
There have been daily demonstrations across Turkey
against Israel and in favour of Hamas, the Palestinian
Islamist movement which controls Gaza, since Monday when
Israeli commandos stormed the aid fleet.
Nine Turks, including a Turkish-US citizen, were killed
in the pre-dawn raid, prompting an infuriated Ankara to recall
its ambassador to Tel Aviv and cancel joint military exercises
with the Jewish state.