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Israel to co-operate with flotilla inquiry

Israel yesterday agreed to take part in a UN investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla when nine Turkish nationals were shot dead in May.

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 co-operate.

“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.

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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