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Israel's Blockade of Gaza Strip to Continue, Official Says

Despite growing international condemnation, Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip will continue due to fears that Hamas will ship rockets and other weapons into the area, Israeli officials say.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke to his Turkish counterpart as well as the country's chief of staff on Monday and they agreed that the raid on an aid flotilla that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists wouldn't affect weapons deals, defense officials said who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman, Mark Regev, indicated Israel consider ways to ease the blockade to allow more goods into Gaza -- a policy quietly under way for months.

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