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January 5, 2015 11:52 am

British Activists Launch Lawsuit Over Gaza Flotilla ‘War Crimes’

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Pro-Palestinian activists aboard The 2010 Mavi Marmara want to launch a British investigation into Israel's conduct during the interception of the flotilla. Photo: Free Gaza movement via Wikimedia Commons. – Pro-Palestinian activists who were aboard the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla that attempted to breach the Gaza blockade are looking to launch a British investigation into the Israeli military’s conduct during the interception of the flotilla.

The British newspaper The Independent reported that the activists have approached the Greater London Metropolitan Police Service to investigate whether Israeli soldiers committed war crimes during the raid. The activists reportedly provided investigators with the names of five Israeli commanders who took part in the raid.

According to the report, the lawyers representing 13 of the 34 British citizens aboard the flotilla say that some of the Israeli commanders have visited the UK since the incident, and now that police have been provided with alleged evidence of war crimes, the commanders could be arrested if they visit again.

In May 2010, militants on board the Mavi Marmara attacked Israeli soldiers, after which point the soldiers fatally shot nine Turkish militants.

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