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EU calls seeks enquiry into Israeli military action

BRUSSELS, May 31 (Reuters) - The European Union called for an enquiry into deaths aboard Gaza aid ships seized by Israel’s navy on Monday and urged Israel to allow the free flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

“High Representative Catherine Ashton expresses her deep regret at the news of loss of life and violence and extends her sympathies to families of the dead and wounded,” said a spokesperson for Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief.

“On behalf of the European Union she demands a full enquiry about the circumstances in which this happened ... She calls for an immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of the crossing for the flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza.”

(Reporting by Timothy Heritage, editing by Justyna Pawlak)

timothy.heritage@reuters.com; +32 2 287 8632; Reuters Messaging: timothy.heritage.reuters.com@reuters.net

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