EU Urges Israel To Lift Its Blockade Of Gaza

The European Union urged Israel on Monday to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, and called for "credible international participation" in an investigation of theIsrael Navy's deadly raid of an aid flotilla bound for the coastal territory earlier this month.The EU added that it regretted the loss of nine Turkish lives aboard the aid convoy on May 31 and condemned the use of violence during the clashes. "The Council believes that an immediate, full and impartial inquiry into these events and the circumstances surrounding them is essential," the European Foreign Affairs council said in a statement, hours after Israel revealed the members of its panel charged with probing the affair. "To command the confidence of the international community this should include credible international participation."