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23 Sep, 2010 18:42

UN inquiry finds Israel’s flotilla raid ‘willful killing’

Israel has rebuffed the conclusion of a United Nations probe which found Israeli soldiers committed 'willful killing and torture,’ during a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The UN Human Rights Council described the military raid, which saw nine Turkish activists killed in May, as 'brutal and disproportionate'. Meanwhile, Israel has dismissed the conclusion as biased, but said it would review the report in greater detail.

Shane Dillon, who was arrested for being onboard another ship in the flotilla, said he hopes the conclusion could prompt nations worldwide to support humanitarian relief for Gaza.

“Hopefully, international governments and EU governments will take action and support the next flotilla that is due to leave in mid-November for Gaza with more aid,” Dillon said.