Flickr photo by David BerkowitzA lot has happened since our report this morning about Israel's attack on a Turkish flotilla that claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Here's a recap of some of the highlights you might have missed while you were out flipping burgers:
- Turkey withdrew it's ambassador from Israel and demanded a meeting of the United Nations as condemnations erupted across Europe.
- The United Nations Security Council met earlier this afternoon to try to decide it's response. The urgent meeting is being held not only at the request of Turkey but from numerous other non-Arab and Arab states and Lebanon, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member Council.
- Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled tomorrow's scheduled meeting with President Obama to fly home to deal with the situation in his country. He'd been in Canada meeting with the prime minister of that country.
- Protests are breaking out across the world. In Istanbul, a crowd tried to storm the Israeli Consulate. North of Jerusalem, Palestinians hurled bottles and stones at Israeli soldiers. In Jordan, hundreds urged their government to follow Turkey's lead and cut ties with Israel. Dozens of Egyptians protested outside the foreign ministry in Cairo criticizing the Egyptian government holding pictures of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Tehran, dozens of angry students pelted the U.N. offices with stones and eggs in protest, burning Israeli flags and chanting, "death to Israel" and "down with U.S."
- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkey was canceling three joint military drills. He also said a Turkish youth soccer team currently in Israel would be brought home.
- Israel Defense Forces says the number of people killed is nine, not 10 as previously reported.
- Fifteen people captured on board the flotilla have been transferred to an Israeli prison in Beer Sheva, a spokesman for the Israeli Prison authority said Monday.