Turkey Indicts 4 Former IDF Commanders Over Mavi Marmara (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/23/12)
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Turkey has issued an indictment in absentia against four Israeli
military commanders over a 2010 Gaza flotilla incident in which nine
terror activists were killed on a Turkish-sponsored vessel.
According to a report published Wednesday in the Turkish newspaper
Sabah, the 144-page indictment seeks life imprisonment for the four
commanders. It was prepared following alleged testimony from 490
passengers who participated in the illegal flotilla, and relatives of
the terrorists who died after attacking the Israeli commandos.
The Mavi Marmara boat, owned by the terrorist-linked IHH
organization, participated in the six-vessel flotilla that claimed to
be bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza via the sea. It was later
discovered that no humanitarian aid whatsoever was carried in the
hold of the Mavi Marmara.
Israel operates a maritime blockade on Gaza in order to prevent
terrorists from entering the region, and stop them from smuggling in
weapons and other ordnance.
The activists were told numerous times they could dock at Ashdod port
and transport their goods legally through the land crossing at Kerem
Shalom, but they refused.
Instead, they refused to change course when directed to do so by
Israeli navy officials, who then sent commandos to board the vessels
when they tghreatened to violate Israel´s maritime boundaries at Gaza.
Upon boarding the Mavi Marmara, the commandos -- armed only with
paintball guns and pistols -- were viciously attacked by armed
terrorists brandishing iron bars, knives and other weapons. One of
the Israeli soldiers was left in critical condition, and a number of
others were seriously wounded. Nine of the terror activists died in
the clash. All of them were Turkish citizens, including one was a
After the incident, Turkey demanded a formal apology from Israel and
when Israel refused, expelled Jerusalem´s ambassador from Ankara.
Diplomatic ties were severely downgraded, and have remained impaired
ever since. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/23/12)
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