Britain welcomes peaceful resolution of Gaza ship issue
Britain welcomed the Israeli navy's peaceful boarding of a ship heading for Gaza Saturday but again urged "unfettered access" to the blockaded region so help can get through to people there.
Foreign Secretary William Hague's comments came in a statement as the Rachel Corrie was boarded by Israeli forces after ignoring orders not to head for Gaza.
There was no further bloodshed of the kind seen earlier this week when Israeli forces boarded another vessel, leading to a violent confrontation in which nine people died.
"I am glad that the interception of the Rachel Corrie has been resolved peacefully," Hague said.
"We continue to stress to the Israeli government the importance of an investigation that ensures accountability and commands the confidence of the international community, and includes international participation.
"We urgently need to see unfettered access to Gaza to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza and to enable the reconstruction of homes, livelihoods and trade."
© 2010 AFP