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U.S. Congress members to Turkey’s Erdogan: Stop Gaza flotilla

36 members of the U.S. House sign letter addressed to Turkish PM urging him to stop another attempt 'to provoke a confrontation with Israel.'

by Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz Service

May 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010.

Members of the U.S. Congress issued a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which they urge Turkey’s premier to stop the departure of another flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

“We write today to express our serious concern over reports that the so-called Free Gaza Movement and the IHH are planning to send another flotilla to Gaza in the coming weeks to provoke a confrontation with Israel,” read a signed letter by 36 members of Congress initiated by Rep. Steve Israel.

“As members of the United States House of Representatives we ask you to help discourage these efforts and work with the Israeli government in a productive way as it continues to allow legitimate aid, but not weapons, to enter Gaza.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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