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Belgium ‘invites’ Israeli ambassador to ‘explain’ Gaza raid

Belgium’s foreign minister on Monday “invited” Israel’s ambassador to “explain” the decision to storm a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, killing up to 19 pro-Palestinian activists, his spokesman said.

Steven Vanackere “invited the Israeli ambassador to explain to him this afternoon how events unfolded,” and also to provide news of five Belgian nationals who were on board the flotilla, spokesman Bart Ouvry told AFP.

The five included four women and a cameraman for Al Jazeera television news, Ouvry said.

Belgium takes over the European Union’s chair at the beginning of July.