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Turkey vents fury at Israeli armed action
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Monday May 31st, 2010 8:06 AM
Turkey told Israel that it would "suffer the consequences" after at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli commandos boarded a convoy of aid ships heading to Gaza. About 300 people waving Palestinian flags and wearing black-and-white kaffiyeh headscarves rallied outside the Israeli consulate in Istanbul after news of the operation emerged.
"Down with Zionist, Israeli imperialism," protesters shouted as police backed by armoured vehicles and water cannon barred them from moving towards the building.

Other chants called for Turkey to send troops to Gaza and for the Turkish ships to be released.

A diplomatic furore between Turkey and Israel, which have maintained close military ties, broke out after Israeli commandos stormed a ship with 700 people on board who were accompanying eight other vessels carrying 10,000 tonnes of medical supplies, housing material and other aid to Gaza.


Turkey recalls envoy to Israel in response to Gaza flotilla deaths
Egypt summons Israeli ambassador; Arab League urges member states to 'reconsider dealings with Israel'; Abbas accuses Israel of 'massacre'.

Turkey announced Monday that it was recalling its ambassador to Israel after 10 international activists were killed when Israel Navy commandoes stormed a ship bringing aid to the Gaza Strip. Egypt summoned Israel's envoy in Cairo in response to the incident.

Egypt in 1979 became the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Turkey and Israel hold diplomatic ties, though they have been strained over the last year.

The Arab League, meanwhile, urged member states to "reconsider" their dealings with Israel. Syria asked for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss what it described as Israeli aggression on Gaza-bound international aid ships.

"Syria's representative to the Arab league has submitted a formal memo to the League requesting it to convene," the official Syrian news agency said.

"Israel's attack indicates Israel is not ready for peace. Israel attacked the liberty fleet because it feels it is above the law," Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said in Doha.

"There is no benefit in dealing with Israel in this manner and we must re-assess our dealing with Israel," he said.