Spanish activists sue Israel over deadly Gaza flotilla raid

23rd July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three Spanish activists who were on board the aid flotilla raided by Israeli troops in May on Friday filed a lawsuit in Madrid against Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The complaint filed at the National Court names Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and six members of his cabinet including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, as well as a top military officer.

In their complaint the three wrote that the "crime committed were not an accident or an act of defence" but "assassinations carried out consciously" in response to "orders given several days earlier".

Israel sparked international outrage when its commandos attacked a fleet of aid ships bound for Gaza on May 31, killing nine Turkish activists.

They then forced the six ships in the convoy to dock at an Israeli port, before detaining those on board.

Israel has said the commandos opened fire after they came under attack.

© 2010 AFP

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