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UN Probe Recommends Prosecution of Israel for Attack on Gaza Flotilla

HeadlineSep 23, 2010

A high-level UN probe has recommended the prosecution of Israeli officials for the May 31st attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, a three-member panel of international jurists said there is “clear evidence to support prosecutions” for “willful killing” and torture committed during Israel’s raid on the Mavi Marmara. The panel says Israel’s storming of the ship “betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality” that “demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence,” violating “international humanitarian and human rights law.” Nine activists were killed in the attack, including a US citizen. The Human Rights Council is expected to take up the report’s findings on Monday.

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