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  Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law - UN probe

    Wednesday 22 September 2010


22 September 2010 Last updated at 19:59 GMT

Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law - UN probe

Mavi Marmara vessel The raid ended in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Mavi Marmara

Israel’s military broke international laws during its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, a UN Human Rights Council investigation says.

The three-member panel said Israel’s military response to the flotilla was "disproportionate" and also "betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality."

Israel insists that its soldiers acted in self-defence during the raid in May.

Nine people were killed on board a Turkish ship as it tried to breach an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza.

In a 56-page report, the UN panel also said the blockade of the Palestinian territory was "unlawful" because a humanitarian crisis there at the time.

Israel has so far not publicly commented on the UN document.

See online : BBC