UN says Israeli raid was unlawful

by Shannon Lee
The U.N. Human Rights Council accused Israeli military forces of breaking international law when they raided a relief ship convoy in May.
Three UN lawyers released a report accusing the Israeli force of acting with "an unacceptable level of brutality" when they boarded a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, killed nine Turkish activists and injured others as the convoy tried to reach the Gaza strip, reported the BBC.
Israel insists that the raid was lawful because the convoy had been attempting to break through a barricade to the Gaza strip, according to Al Jazeera.
The UN council has said that the barrier was unlawful because Gaza was experiencing a humanitarian crisis on the day of the attack, and Israels defense can not be upheld, according to Al Jazeera.
The panel has interviewed over 100 sources and the report will be debated by the Human Rights Council on Monday.

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