31 May 2010, 15:21
Attack on Gaza aid flotilla "barbaric" - Russia's Council of Muftis
Moscow, May 31, Interfax - Russia's Council of Muftis has expressed indignation over Israel's naval attack against a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip.
"The humanitarian convoy was barbarically attacked in a robust measure, which has nothing to do with the convoy's peaceful mission," deputy head of the Spiritual Muslim Board for Russia's European part, Damir Gizatullin, told Interfax-Religion.
"All of us must protest against the Israeli government's barbaric actions. The time has come to end the bloodshed," he said.
"This problem must find a legal and political solution," Gizatullin said.
"The UN Security Council must be called to make the Israeli leadership answer fully for destroying a humanitarian convey in neutral waters," he said.
The flotilla of six ships was stormed by armed Israeli forces about 64 kilometers out to sea in international waters.
Israeli soldiers were attacked with knives and clubs by the pro- Palestinian activists leading to the deaths of at least 19 people, according to updated reports.
There were 700 people aboard the convoy, among them the 1976 Nobel Peace prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland and deputies of the European Parliament.