UN General Assembly president condemns Israel raid on Gaza aid flotilla

10:52, June 01, 2010      

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President of the General Assembly Ali Treki Monday condemned the Israeli storming of a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, which has resulted in killing of more than 10 civilians.

"The President of the General Assembly is deeply shocked over this inhuman and totally unacceptable aggression and use of force against humanitarian personnel from around the world, and which is a flagrant violation of all principles and rules of international law," said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

Calling for an end to impunity, Treki underlined the need for immediate and independent investigation into this grave incident to ensure accountability of all those responsible, the statement said.

He also offered his deepest condolences to the families and governments of those individuals who have lost their lives.

Treki emphasized that the international support and solidarity for the people of Palestine will only strengthen in the face of this tragedy, calling for immediate lifting of the siege of Gaza.

Early Monday morning in international waters, Israeli forces raided the six-ship aid convoy, also carrying hundreds of activists, with more than ten people having been killed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was in Uganda to preside over the first review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC), expressed on Monday his shock at the deadly raid, calling on Israel to fully explain its actions.

The Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the incident, and the League of Arab States would also be holding an urgent session on the matter.

Source: Xinhua


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