In what could be one of the hardest blows to al-Qaida since the U.S. campaign against the terrorist organization began, the group's No. 3, Sheikh Sa'id al-Masri, is believed to be dead, killed by a U.S. Predator drone strike. (June 1)
Monday, May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010 — People all over the world have protested against Israel's attack on an aid-carrying convoy bound for Gaza that left several pro-Palestinian activists on board dead and many more injured.
The Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of six ships carrying hundreds of activists, political leaders and journalists from around the world, was trying to deliver about 10,000 tonnes of basic aid including food, medicines, and construction material, in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza.
While Israel has said activists with bats and knives were the first to attack the gun-wielding troops when they boarded the ship, the flotilla's organisers said that Israeli forces were the ones to open fire first.
Nonetheless, there is a unanimous agreement across the world that the assault was unjustly disproportionate.
Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, has said he is "shocked by reports of killings and injuries" and has called for a full investigation into the incident.
Several countries have called for urgent meetings on Israel's lethal use of force.
Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh and Nadim Baba report on the reactions of political leaders and ordinary people across the world.
May 31, 2010 — The world has strongly condemned Israel for storming a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. For more reaction to this story, RT has talked to Abdul Karim, a member of the Palistinian Legislative Council, and Dr. Ra'anan Gissin, a former advisor to Arial Sharon, live from Tel Aviv and the West Bank.
Tensions are running high in the Middle East after Israeli commandos attacked a fleet of ships headed to the Gaza Strip. President Obama has expressed "deep regret" over the raids. (May 31)
The Israeli Navy have attacked a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid and international activists to Gaza. Reports say up to 20 people were killed and dozens injured as Israeli commandos stormed the vessels over a hundred kilometres off Gaza's coast. Some of the ships are now being towed to the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
May 31, 2010 — Turkish Protesters tried to storm the Israeli consulate in Istanbul on Monday, furious over the news that Israeli commandos had stormed six ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip. Also, hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the Jordanian capital against the Israeli storming of a flotilla, demanding that their government breaks diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. Mass protests has also been held in West Bank, Lebanon and Gaza itself.