• Gul rejects UN’s report on flotilla raid • Ankara suspends military pacts with Tel Aviv • Unapologetic Jewish state further isolated
GAZA/ANKARA: The Hamas movement on Friday welcomed Turkey’s decision to expel Israel’s ambassador and its criticism of the Jewish’s state blockade of the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas welcomes the decision (of Turkey) to expel the Israeli ambassador and considers it as a clear answer to Israeli crimes,” Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the movement, said.
The group which rules Gaza praised the decision, announced by Ankara on Friday, a day after a leaked UN report on a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a flotilla of aid ships heading to the impoverished coastal territory. Hamas criticized the report as “unfair and unbalanced,” and Abu Zuhri condemned Israel for “its continued refusal to take responsibility for the crime (of the raid) and its refusal to lift the siege on Gaza.”
In Ankara, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said his nation rejected the report, regarding it as “null and void.”
An Israeli official said the Jewish state considered the UN report “a professional, serious and profound document” but stressed that the Israeli government would not apologize for the actions of its troops.
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