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Israeli and Turk on flotilla panel

The United Nations panel investigating Israel's deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will include Israeli and Turkish diplomats.

Secretary general Ban Ki-moon said Israeli Joseph Ciechanover and Turkish counterpart Ozdem Sanberk would be on the panel, which meets for the first time on Tuesday.

It will be chaired by former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and its vice-chairman will be outgoing Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.

Officials say the panel will review the the circumstances surrounding the May 31 attack in which Israeli commandos tried to prevent pro-Palestinian activists from breaking Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed during the raid.


From Belfast Telegraph