Israel Military Investigating Deadly Flotilla Raid


Palestinians look at a floating memorial sign during a protest against the Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla attempting to break the blockade on Gaza, at the port in Gaza City, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza declared a general strike and a day of wrath following Israel's deadly naval raid on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military has appointed an internal team of experts to examine last week's deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The military said on Tuesday the team will review various internal investigations already going on. It says results are expected by July 4.

The military probe is in addition to a planned government review of the political decision-making ahead of the raid, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists on the flotilla and triggered a storm of international criticism of Israel.

Israel has rejected calls for an international probe, saying it would be biased against the Jewish state.

Activists claimed Israeli commandos needlessly opened fire. Israel says its soldiers began shooting only after a mob of activists attacked them.

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