Turkey withdraws ambassador to Israel and calls for U.N. Security Council emergency session over deaths

See also: Israeli soldiers murder at least 10 civilians on boat carrying aid to Gaza

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador to Israel, canceling three joint military drills and calling on the U.N. Security Council to convene in an emergency session about Israel.

The moves come after 10 pro-Palestinian activists on an aid flotilla were reported killed and dozens wounded by Israeli forces.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says Turkey is withdrawing its ambassador on Monday and also calling back a youth soccer team from Israel. He equates Israel’s actions with “piracy.”

He rules out deploying Turkish warships in the Mediterranean but severely condemns Israel.

AP foreign, Monday May 31 2010

Source: The Guardian

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