United Nations Denounces Israeli Raid, Calls for International Investigation

The UN Security Council has condemned acts leading to the deaths of civilians during Monday's Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that was headed to the Gaza Strip.

In a formal statement adopted after more than 10 hours of closed-door negotiations, the council requested the immediate release of ships and civilians held by Israel and called for an impartial investigation.

[T]he incident highlights a serious underlying problem- that Israel’s closure of the Gaza strip is counterproductive, unsustainable and wrong and should be lifted immediately.”

— UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon