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Israel accepts UN probe over raid

Israel has agreed to take part in a UN investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed UN chief Ban Ki-moon of the decision.

The panel will be set up by Mr Ban, who has been pressing Israel to cooperate.

"Today, Israel informed the secretary general of the United Nations that we will participate in a panel set up by the secretary general to look into the flotilla incident," a government spokesman said.

"Ultimately we are sure that the facts are on our side. We have no problem whatsoever with a credible, objective panel."

The decision marks a departure for Israel, which has frequently viewed the United Nations with suspicion and accused many UN bodies of being unfairly biased against it.

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