Saturday, June 26, 2010

Why does Turkey focus attention on Gaza?

A roadside bomb blew up a bus carrying military families in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing four soldiers and a girl, as Kurdish rebels stepped up their separatist attacks.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the blast on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which had threatened to spread violence to urban areas after a string of bloody attacks on the army in the southeast.

"The terrorist organisation knows very well that it will not get anywhere with such attacks... This is a dead end," Erdogan said in parliament in Ankara.

There was no formal claim of responsibility for the bus bombing and nobody was immediately detained, officials said.

Why does Turkey want to focus international attention on the Israeli blockade of Gaza?

To deflect attention from Turkey's brutal occupation of Kurdistan and oppression of the Kurds.

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