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Turkey To Indict Israeli Commanders Over Aid Flotilla Deaths

A television grab of Turkish TV channel Cihan News Agency shows Israeli troops storming the "Mavi Marmara" Turkish aid boat, carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, in May 2010.
State media reports say an Istanbul court has unanimously approved an indictment by Turkish prosecutors who want life sentences for four Israeli commanders over their alleged involvement in the 2010 killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Israeli commandos raided the "Mavi Marmara" aid vessel in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists on board the ship.

State news agency Anatolia said the indictment accuses Israel's former Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and three other retired senior military commanders of involvement in the raid and calls for between 8,000 and 18,000 life sentences for each of the men.

The Israeli military has not commented on the indictment.

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorated sharply after the raid.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP