Germany 'deeply concerned' about deadly Gaza raid

31st May 2010, Comments 0 comments

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday he was "deeply concerned" about the killing of more than 10 people when Israeli forces stormed a boat carrying aid and activists to the Gaza Strip.

The minister "is deeply concerned about the events last night in the waters off Gaza ... these are disconcerting initial reports," a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.

"The foreign ministry is now working to establish the full facts of what happened," the spokesman added.

The bloody ending to the high-profile mission to deliver supplies to Gaza came on the eve of a meeting in Washington between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"From an initial report, more than 10 passengers were killed," an Israeli army spokesman told AFP in what was the first official confirmation of deaths on board the convoy.

He said live ammunition was used by both sides.

According to Israel's private channel 10 television, Israeli marine commandos opened fire after being attacked with axes and knives by a number of the passengers on board the aid ships, the television said, without giving the source of its information.

© 2010 AFP

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