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Turkish off. wants 174 Israelis in cuffs
Former Israeli military chief, Gabi Ashkenazi (L), ex-Naval Forces Commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom (C), and Amos Yadlin, the former head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate (seen in this file photo) are on the Turkish prosecutor's list.
Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:21PM
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A Turkish state prosecutor is seeking the arrest of 174 Israelis involved in Tel Aviv's attack on Mavi Marmara, the Turkish flagship of an Ankara-backed Gaza-bound aid convoy.


Writing to the Justice Ministry, Istanbul prosecutor, Mehmet Akif Ekinci, asked that arrest orders be issued against those, who ordered and carried out the May 31, 2010 attack, which killed nine Turkish activists, Reuters reported.

The six-ship convoy, known as Freedom Flotilla, came under the assault, while it was carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip in the international waters of Mediterranean Sea.

Ankara has said it would seek to prosecute all the Israelis responsible for the bloodshed of its citizens.

Ekinci had written to Tel Aviv, seeking the names of those involved in the offensive, but did not receive any answer.

Later on, however, Turkish media released a list of 174 Israelis, implicating them in the act of bloodshed.

Last month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack could lead to hostilities between the two sides, calling it 'a cause for war.'

He asserted the act of aggression had been carried out on the high seas and was 'unlawful.'

Israel, however, has refused to apologize for the bloodshed, prompting Turkey to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ankara and cut all bilateral military ties.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has also said the country planned to take action at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to challenge Tel Aviv's four-year siege of Gaza. The blockade has been preventing the flow of food, medicine, and other supplies into the impoverished coastal territory.

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