Jerusalem: Israel says it will hold on to
the six ships that sought to break an Israeli blockade of Gaza
at least until it completes its investigation into a deadly
raid on one of the vessels.
Israel towed the six boats to port days after naval
commandos stormed the ships in May, killing nine Turkish
activists on board the lead vessel. The bloodshed provoked an
international outcry against Israel and forced it to ease its
Israel has rebuffed pressure for an international
inquiry. Instead, it formed its own commission to investigate.
Its deliberations are expected to take months.
Defence Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror said today that
"nothing will be done with these ships" until after the
inquiry because commission members might want to inspect them.