Swedish FM: Siege of Gaza is Unacceptable

In the wake of the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has condemned Israel’s "foolish" blockade of the Gaza Strip.

On Monday, Bildt said the siege "is a foolish policy," calling it an "unacceptable and counterproductive Israeli policy towards Gaza," AFP reported.

Eleven Swedes were part of the multinational aid convoy, the Freedom Flotilla, which had set sail to break the blockade.

The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea early on May 31, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the MV Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Israel also arrested nearly 700 activists from 42 countries on board the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break the siege of Gaza in order to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the long-suffering people of the territory. Later orders were issued for their deportation.

Three Freedom Flotilla activists, Aydin Atac, Celebi Bozan, and Osman Kurt, are still missing.

AFP also quoted Hans Linde from Sweden’s opposition Left Party as saying, "If the global community does not act now, international law risks being completely devalued."

Bildt objected to the opposition’s call for Stockholm to impose sanctions on Israel and withdraw the Swedish military attaché to Tel Aviv.

Israel has subjected the impoverished Gaza Strip to an all-out land, naval, and aerial blockade for three years.

The siege has deprived Gaza’s 1.5 million people of food, fuel, and other necessities.

(Press TV)

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