Most of the 15 members of the UN Security Council have called for a thorough investigation into Israel’s interception of the Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
At a 90-minute emergency session, criticism came thick and fast for the raid and the subsequent loss of life.
With most of those who died having been Turkish nationals, the country’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, led the recriminations.
“Israeli actions constitute a grave breach of international law,” he said. “In the simplest terms, this is tantamount to banditry and piracy. It is murder conducted by a state.”
So far, the US, which is Israel’s longstanding ally, with much support among Washington lawmakers and voters alike, has been more tempered in its response.
“We are working to ascertain the facts. We expect a credible and transparent investigation and strongly urge the Israeli government to investigate the incident fully,” said the US representative to the United Nations.
The fact that the Israeli action is believed to have taken place in international waters has added to the sense of injustice felt by many council members.
A closed session is due to release a statement within the next few hours.
UN calls for investigation into Israeli raid