Germany 'shocked' by Israeli attack Gaza ships on international waters

Two members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament were among five Germans on board the ships stormed by Israeli commandos, the foreign ministry said.

Germany 'shocked' by Israeli attack Gaza ships on international waters

Germany expressed "shock" at the deadly attack of an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip and questioned whether the action by Israeli commandos was proportionate.

Two members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament were among five Germans on board the ships stormed by Israeli commandos, the foreign ministry said.

"The German government is shocked by events in the international waters by Gaza," government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told a regular news conference, adding the government was seeking further clarification about the incident.

"Every German government supports unconditionally Israel's right to self defence," said Wilhelm. But he added that Israeli actions should to correspond to what he described as the "basic principle" of proportionality.

"A first look does not speak in favour of this basic principle being adhered to," he said. Berlin would await further details before judging the incident, he added.


Reuters

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