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Horror at the loss of life on Gaza aid convoy

31 May, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Horror at the loss of life on Gaza aid convoy

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has expressed her horror at the loss of life resulting from an Israeli commando attack on a flotilla of boats carrying aid to Gaza, saying nothing could justify the storming of the aid ships.

Ms de Brún said:“The Israeli government has compounded its illegal actions in blockading Gaza with this horrifying attack on the flotilla carrying aid. Nothing can justify the commando storming of these aid ships.

“The EU must suspend its preferential trade agreement with Israel and ensure that it can only be re-instated if Israel ends its blatant disregard for international law and basic human rights.

“The blockade of Gaza is contrary to international law yet Israel persists in denying people there the basic necessities to run their economy and their daily lives. Now they have compounded this denial of basic rights with an armed commando attack on the flotilla carrying aid to Gaza by sea.

“I am horrified by the loss of life in this morning’s commando attack on the aid flotilla and call on the EU to take the strongest possible action in response.Ifthe EU stands by yet again and allows such actions to go unpunished then we forfeit any right to talk to others on the international stage about respect for human rights

"I am calling for all who wish to show their outrage at this attack on a humanitarian convoy to attend the protest today at Belfast City Hall at 4pm"

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