Gaza Flotilla 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Turkish lawyers representing pro-Palestinian activists have
complained to the International Criminal Court that Israeli troops
committed war crimes when they raided a boat trying to break Israel's
blockade of Gaza in May.
Officials deny excessive force against flotilla passengers
Nine Turkish citizens, including a 19-year-old with dual US-Turkish
nationality, were killed during the melee after Israeli troops
intercepted the Mavi Marmara.
Attorney Ugur Sevgili said Thursday victims want Israel investigated for
torture, inhuman treatment and violations of the Geneva war crimes
The international court receives hundreds of applications every year but
opens investigations in few cases.
The complaints came two months after a 56-page UN
on the flotilla incident was published in which Israel was
accused of what the report called, willful killing and torture. It
claimed that there was "clear evidence to support prosecutions."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the report "biased and