France says 'nothing can justify' violence of Israel's ship raid
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday he was "deeply shocked" by an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and insisted "nothing can justify" such violence after more than 10 died.
"I am deeply shocked by the tragic consequences of the Israeli military operation against the peace flotilla destined for Gaza," Kouchner said in a statement.
Earlier Israeli naval forces stormed six ships bound for besieged Gaza with thousands of tonnes of aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists aboard. At least 10 of the passengers were killed.
"Nothing can justify the use of such violence, which we condemn. We do not understand the still provisional human toll of such an operation against a humanitarian initiative that has been known for several days," he said.
The French minister called for "all light to be shed on the circumstances of this drama" and said a "deep investigation" should be carried out "without delay."
"The current situation in Gaza is not tenable," he said.
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