The United Nations Security Council held on May 31 an emergency session to discuss Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid ship convoy. The majority of the council’s 15 member nations urged for an investigation of the attack, Reuters says.
Several council members condemned the attack, adding that it was time to lift Israel’s three-year-old blockade on Gaza. Israel imposed the blockade after the Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.
“This is tantamount to banditry and piracy,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the council. “It is murder conducted by a state.”
Alejandro Wolff, the deputy permanent U.S. representative to the U.N., said the U.S. laments the loss of life and urged for a “credible and transparent investigation.” However, he criticized the convoy’s attempt to trounce Israel’s blockade.
“Direct delivery (of aid) by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible and certainly not effective under the circumstances,” Wolff said.
At least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed after Israeli marines stormed the Gaza-bound flotilla early morning of May 31, according to Reuters. The convoy, which was headed for the Hamas-ruled enclave, was loaded with activists, humanitarian aid and construction supplies. It was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, among other international organizations.