Philippines calls for investigation on Israel's raid on aid flotilla

21:39, June 02, 2010      

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A protestor holding a placard demonstrate in Makati City, Philippines, June 2, 2010, condemning the Israeli military assault on the humanitarian mission "Freedom Flotilla". (Xinhua/Jon Fabrigar)

The Philippine government on Wednesday called for an investigation on Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

However, Manila stopped short of condemning the incident, which has sparked global outrage.

"The Philippines believes that an investigation of this regrettable incident should take place as soon as possible," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

It also expressed condolences to the families of those civilians killed in the attack and called the incident a "sad day. "

"The loss of life during Israel's operations in international waters is truly tragic," the statement said. "It is a sad day indeed to see civilians shedding blood in their efforts to bring humanitarian aid to fellow civilians in Gaza suffering due to the blockade."

Israel drew international condemnation after its soldiers stormed the flotilla in international waters on Monday that resulted to fierce clashes, killing nine Turkish activists trying to bring in aid to Palestinians.

Source: Xinhua


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