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Israel on alert after Gaza aid attack

31 May 2010 8:09

Israeli military forces go on high alert to confront possible protests from Palestinians outraged by the Israeli navy’s deadly raid on a Gaza aid convoy.

The decision came on Monday to handle any “possible disturbances” among the Israeli Arabs, AFP quoted an unnamed police spokesman.

Meanwhile, Palestine’s elected Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called for massive demonstrations in protest at the Israeli “crime” and an act of piracy.

At least 20 people were killed in the attack and more than 50 others were wounded on Monday morning when Gaza Freedom Flotilla came under an Israeli naval attack.

The interception reportedly took place in international waters more than 150km (90 miles) off the coast of Gaza.

The move has drawn sharp criticism from across the globe with Israeli ambassadors summoned in a number of countries, including Greece, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

In Turkey, hundreds of angry protesters took to streets in central Istanbul and gathered in front of Israel’s consulate, shouting slogans against the Tel Aviv regime.

The six-ship convoy, organized by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), was carrying 10,000 tons of supplies and was accompanied by 700 Palestinian, international activists and journalists.

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