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Libyan aid convoy arrives in Gaza

Jan. 20, 2011 7:58 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 20, 2011 10:55 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Libyan aid convoy arrived in Gaza on Thursday, after Egyptian authorities granted it permission to dock.

Onboard were 17 Libyan activists and six media figures, including the head of Libya's journalist union, Salema Ahmad Ash-Sha’ab.

Authorities in Gaza welcomed the convoy, which they said would deliver medication to hospitals in the besieged enclave.

An Israeli commission investigating last May's deadly raid on aid ships trying to break a blockade on the Gaza Strip will release its first report on Sunday, an official source said.

The Israeli naval raid killed eight Turkish citizens and one dual Turkish-US national, prompting an international outcry and throwing relations between Israel and Ankara into a deep crisis.

An Israeli military inquiry already released its findings in early June. The investigation said the Israeli commandos who boarded the ships via helicopter and killed nine passengers acted without negligence. Several were awarded military honors.

The military investigation said the deaths were "due to mistakes made at the relatively top levels that caused the results to be different from what was planned."

A UN-mandated investigation released its report at the end of September and called the incident a violation of international law.

Israel's Foreign Ministry responded shortly after the 56-page report was released, saying its authors had adopted a "biased, politicized and extremist approach."

AFP contributed to this report.
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