Israeli Clash Kills Nine, Draws Criticism

A deadly clash at sea between Israeli commandos and pro-Palestinian activists leaves nine dead and draws criticism.
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JERUSALEM -- A bloody maritime confrontation between Israeli commandos and a group of vessels carrying aid to the Gaza Strip has left nine people dead and raised tensions in the Middle East.

Israeli police Monday that they had sent 16 pro-Palestinian activists from the flotilla to jail and that dozens of others would be deported, according to the

AP

.

News of the deadly dispute weighed on Israeli stocks Monday and on the country's currency, the shekel

.

The commandos stopped the six ships early Monday, and the ensuing clash killed nine of the activists, who had hoped to carry aid supplies to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade for three years.

In reaction, Turkey -- a longtime ally of Israel -- said it is withdrawing its ambassador to Israeli and is cancelling three joint military drills, the

AP

reported. Turkey also called on the U.N. Security Council to hold an emergency session.

Such a meeting was being planned for later Monday, said Lebanon's Deputy Ambassador Caroline Ziade,

AP

also reported. Lebanon holds the council presidency.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.