UN launches probe into flotilla raid

Former president of International Criminal Court to head investigation.

July 7, 2010 13:12
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The UN on Tuesday began its probe into Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month, despite misgivings from the US, and Israel's establishment of its own internal committee to investigate the incident.

The probe is headed by a former president of the International Criminal Court, Canadian Philippe Kirsch, who is well-known in international law circles.

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'We didn't endorse a UN flotilla probe.'

Kirsch recently judged an international competition on the 'laws of war,' in which in Israeli team was awarded first prize.

The UN probe began the same day Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama discussed peace initiatives in Washington.

The US was against the UN probe, which 87 senators opposed in a letter last month to Obama.

The Human Rights Council decided to set up the probe within 48 hours of the flotilla raid.

Turkey has demanded an apology for the raid on the flotilla, which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish citizens, but Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has refused, insisting there will be no apology.

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