Israel drops case against flotilla participants

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 11:04 AM
Israel drops case against flotilla participants

Israel's attorney general has decided not to prosecute Israelis who participated in a Gaza-bound flotilla that was raided a year ago.

The suspects included an Israeli-Arab lawmaker and an Islamist leader.

A statement released Thursday by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein's office said the Israelis were suspected of trying to enter the Gaza Strip, which is barred to Israelis. It said the legal proceedings were stopped because of "the discovery of evidential and legal difficulties," without giving specifics.

Nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed when Israeli naval commandos stormed the Gaza-bound ships. The raid prompted an international outcry in which Israel was accused of disproportionate use of force.

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Both sides said they acted in self defense.