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Protests over Israeli raid on aid Flotilla

2010-06-01 07:16:28 GMT2010-06-01 15:16:28 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Street protests have sprung in the Middle East and elsewhere in response to Israel's storming of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza despite Tel Aviv's blockade.

The violent end to a Turkish-backed attempt to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip has raised a storm of protest across the Middle East and beyond.

There have been protests in Europe near Israeli embassies, such as this one in Paris.

European parliamentarians have issued condemnation, with some calling for a freezing of all negotiations with Israel.

Many of those on the ships were Turkish, and that brought out protests such as this one in Bosnia and Herzegovina where hundreds of Turkish students protested:

"I cannot describe my feelings. I just want to say that the entire world can see the killers from Israel, the terrorist people. They don't just kill Palestinian people, they kill everyone who wants to help us, and we fight it more than fifty years and we will fight. We'll not go down, and thanks God we have supporters from Turkey and from whole the world and this is not the end. It will be continued."

Egyptians reacted with shock, anger and outrage at Israel's behavior, while others expressed disbelief.

In Turkey itself, hundreds gathered in front of Israel's Istanbul consulate to protest the military operations.

The protest in Beirut, Lebanon, called for by Palestinian group Hamas -- which has control of Gaza -- took place outside the United Nations headquarters.

In Gaza port, hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated.

There were also scenes of protest in the West Bank.

In Israel too there were demonstrations.

As the flotilla -- under Israel control -- was sailed into Ashdod port, right and left-wing supporters argued over their government and military's handling of the raid.

David Botti, Reuters

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