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At least 17 nations summon Israeli ambassadors

May 31, 2010 3:59 P.M. (Updated: June 3, 2010 10:23 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - As international condemnation over the killing of at least 10 activists by Israeli forces as they raided an aid convoy en route to Gaza, a host of governments have summoned Israeli ambassadors to provide a full explanation on the assault.

The countries include:

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cyprus

Denmark

Egypt

Finland

France

Greece

Ireland

Jordan

New Zealand

Norway

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

China and Russia deeply condemned the move, but have not gone so far as to call in Israel's representatives. In response to Israel's attack on the Freedom Fleet, Nicaragua suspended all diplomatic ties with Israel, and announced a severance on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, The British daily The Guardian spoke with Lauren Booth, sister of Cherie Blair, who was on the first Free Gaza mission that left Cyprus in 2008.

Booth is calling for the British Foreign Office to expel Israeli diplomats, pending a full inquiry, she told the daily.

Earlier on Monday, Turkey said it was withdrawing its ambassador describing Israel's actions as equal to "piracy," The Associated Press reported.
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