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Israel should be punished for its ‘bloody massacre’ on aid ships bound for Gaza, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, warning the Jewish state not to test Turkey's patience. "The bloody massacre Israel carried out against ships carrying aid to Gaza deserves condemnation," Erdogan told lawmakers from his ruling Justice and Development Party in an angry tirade against Israel. "The insolent, irresponsible and impudent attack by Israel, which went against law and trampled human honour underfoot, must definitely be punished," he said to loud applause. "Nobody should test Turkey's patience," Erdogan added. "Turkey's enmity is as violent as its friendship is valuable. Losing Turkey's friendship is a cost all on its own." The Turkish leader also called on the international community to stand against Israel and hold it to account for its actions. "It is no longer possible to cover up or ignore Israel's lawlessness. The international community must from now on say 'enough is enough'," he said. More should be done in addition to a UN Security Council statement calling for an impartial inquiry into the raid and the immediate release of all civilians, Erdogan said. "Dry statements of condemnation are not enough... There should be results," he said. Monday's pre-dawn raid by Israeli commandos on a fleet of ships carrying supplies to the blockaded Gaza strip ended with the death of nine activists, most of them believed to be Turkey, and sparked global outrage. Turkey, whose once-flourishing ties with Israel has nosedived in recent years, immediately recalled its ambassador to Tel Aviv and scrapped three joint military exercises as it warned of "irreparable consequences" to bilateral relations.
By: AAJ News