Thursday, June 03, 2010

UNHCR Condemns Attack on Gaza-Bound Flotilla

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the May 31 attack by Israeli forces against the flotilla headed to Gaza. The Council vowed to launch an independent fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law resulting from the Israeli attack (read the press release). The president of the UN Security Council also condemned the attack in a June 1 statement.

Nine people were killed in the attack, which Israel claims to have been an interception of the flotilla's breach of a blockade on Gaza. See the BBC News for a media account of the conflict, including video and illustrations of the raid's unfolding.

While the international community weighs in on the attack, we thought we would provide accounts of the situation from Israeli and Palestinian authorities. The web site of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is only available in Arabic, but you can translate the text into English using Google Translate. The home page of the Israel Defense Forces (in English) offers a very different viewpoint.

For additional resources about Arab-Israeli conflict, see our guide.

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