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Statement by Minister Martin regarding Israeli interception of the Gaza humanitarian aid convoy

International relations, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2010

Speaking at an event this morning in Cork, Minister Martin announced that he is calling in the Israeli Ambassador over the events surrounding the Israeli interception of the Gaza humanitarian aid convoy and will be seeking a full account for what has happened. He also confirmed that the Irish Ambassador in Tel Aviv is in contact with the Israeli authorities to establish the situation of those Irish nationals who were present on the convoy. The Minister reminded the Israeli authorities of their consular obligation to ensure the safety and security of the Irish citizens concerned. Minister Martin stated that in his view there was no need for any loss of life and what has happened was a direct result of Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.