ICC reportedly decides not to investigate 'Mavi Marmara' flotilla raid

Prosecutors found "reasonable basis" to believe IDF troops committed war crimes, although crimes in question were not of sufficient gravity to fall under court's jurisdiction, according to document.

By REUTERS
November 5, 2014 23:39
Mavi Marmara

Turkish vessel 'Mavi Marmara'. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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AMSTERDAM - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have decided not to investigate the 2010 raid by IDF commandos on a Turkish flotilla that was trying to break the blockade of Gaza, according to a court filing seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Nine Turkish activists were killed when Israeli forces raided the Mavi Marmara vessels that claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

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Prosecutors found that while there was a "reasonable basis" to believe IDF soldiers had committed war crimes during the raid, the crimes in question were not of sufficient gravity to fall under the court's jurisdiction.

The raid, in which Israeli special forces abseiled down onto the ships of activists who were seeking to break an Israeli blockade of the Palestinians in Gaza, caused a breakdown in relations between Turkey and Israel.

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