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Last updated: 1 june, 2010 - 13:08 GMT

UN calls for inquiry into Israel convoy raid

Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, carrying pro-Palestinian activists to take part of a humanitarian convoy, leaves from Sarayburnu port in Istanbul, 22 May 2010

The flotilla of six ships was carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid

The United Nations Security Council has called for an inquiry into Israel's commando attack on a flotilla of aid ships trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza on Monday.

The agreed UN statement said the inquiry should be prompt, impartial, credible and transparent.

At least 10 pro-Palestinian activists, some Turkish, were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the ships in international waters on Monday.

Around 600 of the activists are being held in detention centres across Israel, after their ships were intercepted by Israel and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Richard Falk is the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Captain Arye Shalicar of the Israeli Defence Force took part in the operation.

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By Tuesday morning around 50 of the 600 people on the flotilla have already been deported.

Greek engineer Thanos Petroyannis is one of them. He was on the Sfendoni, a boat that was boarded by Israeli commandos and taken to an Israeli port.

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The BBC's Tim Franks spoke the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak.

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Manuel Hassassian is the Palestinian Authority's representative in London.

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First broadcast 1 June 2010

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