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UN Security Council meets over Gaza flotilla attack

2010-05-31 17:45:19 GMT2010-06-01 01:45:19 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York May 31, 2010. The UN Security Council on Monday afternoon met behind closed doors to discuss the deadly attack against a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza. The emergency meeting, which was called for by Arab states after Israel carried out the attack, was meant to work out a council's response. (Xinhua Photo)

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Carmon speaks at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York May 31, 2010. The UN Security Council on Monday afternoon met behind closed doors to discuss the deadly attack against a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza. The emergency meeting, which was called for by Arab states after Israel carried out the attack, was meant to work out a council's response. (Xinhua Photo)

UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Monday afternoon met behind closed doors to discuss the deadly attack against a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza.

The emergency meeting, which was called for by Arab states after Israel carried out the attack, was meant to work out a council's response. Lebanon is currently holding the presidency of the 15-nation body.

Israeli navy backed with helicopters attacked early Monday morning the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean international waters with live ammunition and gas bombs, causing over 10 activists on board killed and over 30 injured, according to local media.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his shock at the deadly raid on boats loaded with relief supplies headed for Gaza, calling on Israel to fully explain its actions.

"I condemn this violence," Ban said from Kampala, Uganda, where he presided over the first review conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"It is vital that there is a full investigation to determine exactly how this bloodshed took place," he said. "I believe Israel must urgently provide a full explanation."

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