NATO Secretary Wants 'Prompt, Impartial, Credible And Transparent Investigation'

In Brussels, Belgium, NATO's North Atlantic Council held an "extraordinary meeting" today, to talk about how the political and military alliance should respond to an Israeli raid of six vessels that attempted to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

After "an extensive exchange of views among Allies on all aspects of this tragic event," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen released the following statement:

"I would like to express my deep regret over the loss of lives and the other casualties resulting from the use of force during the incident involving the convoy sailing to Gaza," he said.

I offer sincere condolences to the families of all victims and condemn the acts which have led to this tragedy. I add my voice to the calls by the United Nations and the European Union for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation into the incident.

According to The New York Times, "more than 600 activists arrested after Monday's raid in international waters remained in custody in southern Israel, although an Israeli police spokesman said that about 45 people were being deported."

In his statement, Rasmussen appealed to the Israeli government to release those protesters.



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