Last updated: 1 September, 2011

UN chief to get Gaza flotilla report in days

An investigation report into Israel’s deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza is expected to be handed over to the UN secretary general in coming days, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

Israeli media reported that the document could be handed to the UN leader as soon as Friday. Israel and Turkey have been in dispute over an apology for the May 31, 2010 raid in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

“We understand that the report will be submitted to the secretary general in the next few days,” UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey told reporters. He said a confirmation of the date would be given Friday.

Former New Zealand prime minister Geoffrey Palmer has been leading a UN-mandated investigation into the raid on the flotilla that was attempting to take aid to the Gaza Strip through an Israeli blockade.

The release of the report has been delayed several times this year. Turkey has demanded an apology for the deaths, Israel has refused and there has been no agreement on the final version of the report.