Israel is not amenable to the idea of a U.N.-sponsored international investigation into last month’s flotilla raid near Gaza, but it has come up with its own proposal for an inquiry into the incident. However, Israel’s probe has failed to gain the approval of its estranged former ally, Turkey, as well as that of the Palestinians. — KA


Turkey said Israel could not run an impartial probe into the deaths of nine Turkish activists during a 31 May raid.

And Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the inquiry would not meet demands made by the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair says he hopes Israel will allow more humanitarian items into Gaza.

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