Istanbul Court Indicts Israeli Generals Over Mavi Marmara Killings
An Istanbul court has indicted four Israeli military commanders with charges linked to the killing of nine Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara ship while it was in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean in May 2010.
According to Anadolu Ajansi, prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci wants nine consecutive life imprisonments for Chief of General Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Naval Forces Commander Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom, military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin and Airforce intelligence head Brigadier General Avishai Levi.
The indictment says that Israeli commandos used disproportionate force and fired on unarmed passengers of the 'Free Gaza' flotilla.
Turkey could issue an Interpol arrest warrant for the Israeli generals, according to legal experts.
Relations between the regional powers unravelled after the activists' deaths, pushing Israel closer to other countries like Greece and Cyprus. At the time of the deaths, Israel said that the protestors - who intended to break Israel's armed embargo on Gaza and bring supplies directly to the Palestinians - were armed and attacked first.
There has been no official response from Israel to the indictments.
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