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Britain calls Israel's Gaza flotilla raid unacceptable

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron said Israel's Gaza flotilla raid was 'completely unacceptable' and called for an end to the economic blockade of the impoverished territory.

A still image from video shows Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leading his first Prime Minister's Questions session at parliament in London on June 2.

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Britain Prime Minister David Cameron called Israel’s deadly raid on the Turkish-led Gaza Freedom Flotilla “completely unacceptable” and called for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The strength of language used today by new Prime Minister Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague illustrates the depth of anger here over Israel's commando raid in international waters on Monday, which saw nine pro-Palestinian activists killed as they sought to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. After all, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hague are patrons of the Conservative Party’s Friends of Israel lobby and have strong pro-Israel voting records in Parliament.

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The timing of the operation, in which a total of 37 British nationals were caught up, could also not be worse in terms of easing already frayed Israeli-UK relations. Just over two months have passed since Britain expelled a senior Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports in the killing of a senior Hamas leader in Dubai in January.

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