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Bloody Israeli Convoy Raid Sparks Fierce International Reaction

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

here has been sharp international criticism of the military action by Israel in seizing an aid convoy of foreign ships that tried to break through the Israeli naval cordon to reach Gaza. 

At least 10 rights activists were killed in fighting that broke out when Israeli commandos boarded some of the ships.

Turkey, which has long had friendly relations with Israel, was among the first countries to denounce the Israeli interception.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Selim Yenel told RFE/RL that Israel's ambassador had been warned about "irreversible damage" to bilateral relations. He rejected Israeli claims that the Turkish ships, which had been inspected by the NATO country, may have been smuggling weapons.

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written by Breffni O'Rourke, with contributions from RFE/RL correspondent Robert Tait, Anna Zamejc of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, and agency reports

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Bloody Israeli Convoy Raid Sparks Fierce International Reaction

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