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Israel to cooperate with UN flotilla probe

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Israel to cooperate with UN flotilla probe


Israel has agreed to cooperate with a UN probe into the raid on a Gaza aid convoy that left nine Turkish activists dead.

The flotilla was trying to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas-led Gaza.

An international panel will look into the incident when Israeli commandos are alleged to have opened fire after coming under attack as they boarded one of the vessels.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said:
“Ultimately we believe the facts are on our side and we have no problem with this sort of objective and credible panel that will look into the investigations being done by the parties.”

The Israeli cabinet has voted to allow the panel access to material gathered by two Israeli committees conducting separate investigations into the incident.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said: “I sincerely hope this will positively contribute to the peace process as well as improvement in the relationship between Israel and Turkey”.

The investigating panel will be led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

The other two members will be Turkish and Israeli, neither of whom have yet been named.

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