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The State Department is concerned that the UN Human Rights Council report on the Gaza flotilla could be used to stop the peace process, AFP reported on Tuesday.
"We are concerned with the tone, content and conclusions of the report," US envoy to the UN Human Rights Committee Eileen Chamberlain reportedly told the organization.
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The UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that the naval blockade of Gaza was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate.
She added that the US thinks "the report should not be used to justify
actions that will prevent peace talks between Israel and the
The European Union, however, said the report should be transferred to
the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's probe, which includes Israeli and
The 56-page document lists a series of alleged crimes committed by
Israeli forces during and after the raid, including willful killing and
torture, and claims there is "clear evidence to support prosecutions."
"A series of violations of international law, including international
humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces
during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of
passengers in Israel prior to deportation," the experts found.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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