U.N. Security Council Holds Emergency Session After Israel Raid

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators at the Israeli consulate in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

After the Israeli military stormed a six-ship flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists en route to Gaza with aid supplies, killing at least nine of the activists, an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting was called Monday where Israel faced condemnation and questions. Israel maintains that the clashes were warranted as the flotilla aimed to break its blockade of Gaza, whereas Palestinian leaders said Israel was responsible for an unprovoked assault on civilians.

As the U.N. continues its own investigation, several participants at the meeting — including Britain’s ambassador to the U.N. — called for an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

"No state is above the law," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at the meeting, "Israel must be held accountable for its crimes."


Amid many conflicting reports of what exactly happened on the flotilla, Israel has released footage of the raid in an attempt to prove its soldiers acted out of self-defense.

Security Council holds emergency session on storming of flotilla [CNN]