A large network of church-based relief organizations has called Israel's deadly attack on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza "a crime," the Christian Post website reports today (June 1, 2010).
"This incident could easily have been avoided. This aggression has been heavily criticized and condemned by the worldwide members of ACT Alliance," said John Nduna, general secretary of Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance.
ACT is an alliance of 100 humanitarian and development organizations working in 130 countries, including the Gaza Strip.
Israeli troops yesterday raided a convoy of ships carrying hundreds of activists in international waters. The confrontation resulted in the death of at least nine pro-Palestinian activists.
The incident sparked a firestorm of criticism against Israel for its hard-handed handling of an aid flotilla. Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel yesterday, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the raid as a "bloody massacre by Israel."