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Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla broke law - UN probe

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 Israeli commandoes' response to the flotilla was "disproportionate" and "betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality".

Israel insists that its soldiers acted in self-defence during the 31 May raid.

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

There was widespread international criticism of Israel's actions, which severely strained relations with its long-time Muslim ally, Turkey.

Israeli rebuttal
In a 56-page report, the UN panel said: "There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: wilful killing; torture or

Added: Sep-22-2010 
By: Xenophon
Middle East
Tags: turkey, Israel, military, law, un, international, waters, war, crime, muslim, jew, palestinian, treaty, aid, flotilla
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