Swiss call for international probe on Israeli flotilla raid

31st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland on Monday called for an international inquiry into Israel's deadly military raid on an aid flotilla heading for the Gaza Strip.

Israel's ambassador was summoned to the Swiss foreign ministry following the raid in international waters, Switzerland's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Switzerland is asking that an international inquiry be set up in order to shed full light on the circumstances of this tragedy," it added.

The foreign ministry underlined that under the Geneva Conventions Israel is obliged to ensure that civilians receive sufficient food and medical supplies.

Bern called for a durable solution for supplies to the Gaza Strip.

The ships were on the last leg of a high profile mission by pro-Palestinian activists to deliver some 10,000 tonnes of supplies to Gaza as part of a protest against Israel's blockade of the territory since 2007.

Switzerland has an added international role as the depositary state of the Geneva Conventions, which are commonly known as the laws of war and enshrine the protection of civilians in conflicts.

© 2010 AFP

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