Photographs appearing to show terrified and bleeding Israeli soldiers on the Turkish aid ship they stormed last week have been released by pro-Palestinian campaigners.
But the publishing of the images has fuelled the claims and counter claims by both the activists and Israeli military.
Britain and France have supported calls for an international inquiry to resolve the dispute over Israel’s deadly raid on the aid ship which had been bound for Gaza.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“It is very important there is a prompt and impartial, credible and transparent investigation. And we believe there should be an international presence at minimum in that inquiry.”
Israel has already rejected a proposal by the UN for a commission headed by New Zealand’s prime minister into the incident in which nine people died.
However, its reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is exploring other options which could include an internal investigation but with foreign observers.
Meanwhile, the Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire is among several activists being deported by Israel after trying to sail another aid ship – the Rachel Corrie – to Gaza.
Six Malaysians and a Cuban from the boat have already been expelled to Jordon while five Irish nationals, six Filipinos and the ship’s Scottish captain are due to fly out later today.