The International Criminal Court has decided against investigating Israel over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Citing court papers it viewed, the news agency reported that while international prosecutors believe Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes during the raid that killed nine Turkish activists, they have decided the case is beyond their remit.
The move by lawyers at the International Criminal Court is likely to enrage Ankara which accused Israel of mass murder after the incident.
The Mavi Marmara, which claimed to be providing “humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza,” defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port. After it ignored repeated warnings to change course, the IDF boarded the vessel – only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board.
The soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of nine of the IHH members on board.
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