Malta condemns 'disproportionate use of violence' in Israeli raid
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Malta condemns 'disproportionate use of violence' in Israeli raid

Israeli troops on the ship which was attacked this morning.

Israeli troops on the ship which was attacked this morning.

Foreign Minister Tonio Borg has expressed regret for loss of life during this morning's Israeli raid on an aid convoy of ships heading towards Gaza.

"Malta deeply regrets the loss of life as a result of the Israeli military operation against the flotilla sailing to Gaza and offers its condolences to the families of the victims. Malta condemns the disproportionate use of violence that has produced a very high number of victims among the members of the flotilla and demands a full inquiry into the attack," Dr Borg said in a statement.

"The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains a source of grave concern. We need to urgently achieve a durable solution to the situation in Gaza.”

The raid has been widely condemned, with many European countries calling in Israel's ambassadors to lodge protests. The US said it was looking into the circumstances leading to the Israeli action.

Israel said its troops were attacked when they boarded the aid ship.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, currently in Canada, has reportedly called off a planned meeting at the White House with President Obama.

The PL and AD also condemned the Israeli raid.

See also

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100531/world-news/at-least-10-dead-as-israel-storms-aid-convoy

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