UN Security Council Heeds Impartial Probe on Israeli Raid

Impartial and transparent investigations are needed on the Israeli commando assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed at least nine civilians, according to the U.N. Security Council.

Furthermore, reports said 15 Council members are condemning the acts resulted in deaths. The Council requested that Israel immediately release the six ships in the convoy and the civilians it is holding.

Early Monday, Israeli commandos clashed with pro-Palestinian activists on the Turkish shop leading the flotilla. The flotilla is said to be with 700 activists and 10,000 tons of supplies to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s three-year blockade of the region.

The Security Council statement said the situation in Gaza is “not sustainable.”  It stressed the need for what it described as the “sustained and regular flow of goods and people” to the Palestinian territory and the “unimpeded” distribution of humanitarian aid.

The Security Council urged both Israel and the Palestinians to act with restraint and avoid any “provocative” actions.