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Gaza activists, Israel undeterred by deaths

<p>Activists vowed yesterday to try to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza with another ship, and an Israeli officer pledged to halt it, setting the stage for a fresh confrontation after Monday’s deadly clash.</p>

ANKARA. Turkey called for Israel to be punished for storming a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza in an attack that left nine dead and Israel increasingly isolated in the face of international outrage.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged the immediate lifting of “the inhumane embargo on Gaza,” and Cairo announced the opening of its border with the territory, ruled by the Islamist group Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt’s main opposition.

The United Nations called for an impartial investigation of the deaths of the nine people, four of them Turks, in the takeover by naval commandos who met violent resistance.

“Israel’s behavior should definitely, definitely be punished,” a visibly angry Erdogan told a meeting of his parliamentary deputies.

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