Gaza is a prison camp, says David Cameron
David Cameron has described Gaza as a ''prison camp'' and appealed to the Israeli Government to allow the free flow of humanitarian goods and people in and out of the Palestinian territory.
Mr Cameron's comments came during a visit to Turkey, where relations with Israel have been strained since Israeli troops stormed a flotilla of ships carrying supplies to Gaza in May, killing eight Turks and one Turkish-American.
Speaking in Ankara, the Prime Minister denounced the attack on the flotilla as ''completely unacceptable'' and restated his call for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a ''swift, transparent and rigorous'' inquiry.
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has severely limited the movement of people and goods since 2007, has sparked outrage in Turkey, which provided the organisers and the bulk of the participants for the flotilla.
Today Mr Cameron said: ''The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions.
''Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.''
And he added: ''The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.
''And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous...
Mr Erdogan said Gaza resembled "a sort of open-air prison" and described the Israeli army assault on the aid flotilla as "piracy".
"The fact that this blockade has not been lifted is a tragedy," said the Turkish PM.
Addressing the raid on the flotilla, he said: "This attack in international waters can only be termed piracy. There is no other word to describe it.
"I hope we can remedy this situation and Israel turns back from this mistake. They must apologise to Turkey and compensation has to be paid and the blockade must be lifted so we can all contribute to regional peace."...MORE...LINK
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