African Union ‘shocked’ by deadly Israeli raid

ADDIS ABABA - The African Union on Monday said it was “deeply shocked” by the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound maritime aid convoy and demanded an investigation.

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Published: Mon 31 May 2010, 7:55 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:00 AM

“The AU commission is deeply shocked by the bloody boarding operation carried out by the Israeli security forces on 31 May 2010 against a humanitarian mission destined for Palestine, causing a large number of deaths and injuries,” said a statement received in French.

Israel’s Channel 10 television said 19 people were killed and 36 wounded — many of them activists from Turkey — in the raid to stop the delivery of construction material and other aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

“This operation launched against a peaceful convoy amounts to a grave violation of international norms and signals the state of Israel’s clear intention to maintain its stranglehold on the Palestinian territories, ignoring the international community’s relevant decisions,” the continental body’s executive arm added.

The AU commission “firmly condemns this unjustifiable and deliberate act and demands an investigation be conducted to establish who is responsible.”

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