Iran ready to escort future flotillas to Gaza Strip
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to escort aid flotillas to Gaza Strip if the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei orders this, an aide said on Sunday. "The Revolutionary Guards' naval forces are fully prepared to escort freedom and peace flotillas carrying humanitarian aid from all over the world to the oppressed people of Gaza," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's naval representative, told the Mehr news agency.
"If the respected leader of the revolution gives an order in this regard to the Revolutionary Guards' naval forces, it will take a practical step using its capability and equipment to escort flotillas to Gaza," he said.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to hold Israel to account over its "state terror" in the Middle East. Gaza "is a historical cause for us," Erdogan said in a public speech in the northwestern city of Bursa, according to AFP.
"We object to those who force the people of Gaza to live in an open-air prison... We will stand firm until the blockade on Gaza is lifted, the massacres cease and the state terror in the Middle East is accounted for," he added.