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Israel Inquiry Suggests 'Failure' In Aid Flotilla Interception


The humanitarian aid brought by the ill-fated Gaza-bound flotilla that was raided by Israeli navy commandos on March 31

The humanitarian aid brought by the ill-fated Gaza-bound flotilla that was raided by Israeli navy commandos on March 31

Media reports say an Israeli military inquiry has found that the military failed to prepare adequately for a raid on a Gaza aid flotilla that turned deadly.

The official report into the May 31 incident, in which nine pro-Palestiniam Turkish activists were killed, is due to be released later today by a military commission led by Giora Eiland, a retired Israeli general.

The "Yedioth Ahronoth" newspaper, quoting from what it said were portions of the military commission's report, said the "battle guidelines" issued to commandos who raided the vessel were flawed, as was the intelligence.

Israel said the troops acted in self-defense in opening fire on passengers who attacked them with metal rods and knives as the Israelis boarded the ship.

A civilian panel is conducting a separate investigation into the incident.

compiled from agency reports
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