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Israeli raid in 2010: the ICC orders to reopen the case

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday ordered for the second time its prosecutor to reconsider the need or not to prosecute Israel for a deadly raid. It was carried out against a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza in May 2010.

Nine years later, the international tribunal in The Hague has ordered Solomy Balungi Bossa, its prosecutor, to reconsider its decision in 2014 not to prosecute Israel for the attack.

“The prosecutor is summoned to reconsider her decision before December 2, 2019,” said the president of the court of appeal to the court, adding that a majority of judges supported the motion, two opposed.

In 2010, the flotilla chartered by the Turkish NGO IHH, considered close to the current Islamic-conservative government in power in Ankara, was boarded in international waters by an Israeli commando while trying to reach Gaza, under Israeli blockade. Nine Turks on board the Mavi Marmara had been killed in the assault. A tenth died later of his wounds.

This flotilla consisted of eight ships, with on board 70 passengers from some forty countries. Its stated purpose was to bring aid to Gaza and to draw the attention of the international community to the consequences of the blockade.

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