The United Nations officials have finished the Jordan part of the world body’s investigation into Israel’s recent attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.
Israel’s May 31 attack targeted the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy, carrying relief supplies for the Gaza Strip — the impoverished coastal sliver which houses 1.5-million Palestinians who have suffered more than three years of an all-out Tel-Aviv-imposed blockade.
The attack in the international waters killed nine Turkish activists among the hundreds of the international human rights campaigners who were part of the mission.
The incident sent shockwaves across the world and gave rise to global calls for an international investigation into the incident. Tel Aviv recently acceded to a UN probe after repeatedly rejecting such a possibility.
The three UN experts "listened to the testimony of 25 Jordanians from among the 33 who were on board the Mavi Marmara (the lead vessel of the six-ship convoy)," said Jordanian Maissara Malass, one of the Flotilla’s organizers, AFP reported.
"We do not have any illusions about the report because it will undoubtedly be professional but, as always, the problem will be in its application," he, however, said.
In Jordan, the team has also questioned Hanin Zuabi, an Arab member of the Israeli parliament (Knesset) who was also on board the Turkish fleet.
"I told the UN investigators in [the Jordanian capital] Amman that the Israeli attack was violent from the start and that the Israelis had a clear license to kill, and they did not even try to avoid the bloodshed," she said on Tuesday.
The pro-Palestinian move has cost Zoabi her parliamentary privileges.