France condemns Israeli attack to humanitarian flotilla in shock

The French Foreign Ministry condemned Monday Israel's attack against an international flotilla to Gaza, saying it was shocked to know the news.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement that he was shocked to know the news and couldn't understand Israel's attack in the context that the initiative of the flotilla was known by international community already.

"Nothing can justify the use of such a violence that we condemn," Kouchner said.

"All light must be shed on the circumstances of this tragedy and we hope that thorough investigation be implemented without delay," the minister added.

The minister said the new conflict proved that current situation in Gaza was not stable and called urgent policy response to address the rising strain in that region.

Israeli forces on Monday attacked an international flotilla carrying aid to besieged Gaza, killing up to 16 and wounding more than 30 others, an Israeli television reported.

[Source: Xinhua, Paris, 31May10]

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