Gaza is a "prison camp", says British Prime Minister

By MAHMET GUL -27.07.10

"Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp". -David Cameron.

David Cameron has appealed to the Israeli Government to allow the free flow of humanitarian goods and people in and out of the Palestinian territory.

The UK prime minister, on Tuesday won plaudits in Ankara after attacking Israel for turning Gaza into a “prison camp” and hailing a “golden age” in Britain’s relations with Turkey, in spite of differences over Iran.

The prime minister went on to defend his depiction of Gaza as a “prison camp”, in remarks that will be cheered in Turkey but test the patience of Israel.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, commended Mr Cameron’s honesty, and compared Israel’s attack on Turkish pro-Gaza activists to Somali piracy, saying the world should not be “silent spectators” to this “oppression”.

Turning to the rift between Israel and Ankara over raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in which nine Turkish nationals were killed, Mr Cameron stopped short of backing Ankara’s demands for compensation and a full international inquiry.

However in his strongest language yet on the blockade on Gaza, Mr Cameron said: “Gaza can not and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.”

“I know that Gaza has led to real strains in Turkey’s relationship with Israel,” Mr Cameron added. “But Turkey is a friend of Israel and I urge Turkey – and Israel – not to give up on that friendship.”

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