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PES condemns ‘Outrageous’ Israeli act against civilians and demands immediate inquiry

31 mai 2010

Statement by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President Party of European Socialists on Israeli military attack on humanitarian flotilla in International Waters.

The action by Israeli commandos is an outrageous breach of the most basic international standards. The fact that this brutal act took place in international waters underscores the need for international condemnation to bear down on the perpetrators. It is clear that there must now be an international inquiry. But it is also clear that this awful day must ultimately be the event that brings about the lifting of the Gaza blockade. The policies of the Israeli government on the Gaza question can only lead to more and more sorrow”.

The Party of European Socialists appalled by such tragedy joins the condolences of the international community for the victims and their relatives.

The Israeli military intercepted a six-ships convoy of some 600 foreign peace activists overnight, on its way to delivering 10.000 tonnes of aid. The clash took place in international waters. The activists left Cyprus on Sunday and were due to arrive at the Gaza strip today. At least 10 activists were killed and at least 30 were wounded after Israeli troops boarded the ships in the early hours of this morning.


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