Israel is defending its controversial handling of an aid flotilla, saying its troops acted professionally.
Israeli navy commando soldiers boarded the Gaza-bound flotilla in May, resulting in violence between troops and activists that left nine Turks dead. Despite public outcry over the incident, Israel said its commandos "operated properly, with professionalism, bravery and resourcefulness" and "exhibited correct decision making," according to an Israeli army review of the incident released Monday.
"The use of live fire was justified and the entire operation is estimable," the statement said.
The review was conducted by a team of experts, and their conclusions were presented Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. The flotilla incident provides an opportunity to learn for future
missions, said Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel Defense Forces' chief of theÂ general staff, in a second statement.
"The IDF is confident enough to critically examine itself and improve based on the conclusions," Ashkenazi said. While no failures or negligence were found, "nonetheless, an examination as thorough as this brings up mistakes which must be corrected for future incidents."