Israeli military to investigate flotilla incident
The Israeli military late Monday ordered an investigation into the raid on an aid ship on the way to the Gaza Strip last week that left nine activists dead, DPA reported.
Major General Giora Eiland has been tapped by military chief of staff Lieutentant General Gabi Ashkenazi to lead a team of officers in the investigation and report on findings by July 4, the Israeli Defence Forces said in a statement.
Six aid ships carrying more than 700 international activists en route to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza were forcefully intercepted by Israel on May 31. Clashes broke out between the activists and the military on one vessel, leaving nine dead and more than 40 injured.
Israel will not agree to an international investigation, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will instead focus on a government investigation of the incident, Haaretz newspaper reported online.