Turkish court tries Israelis in Gaza flotilla case

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Absentia trial of four top IDF officers draws hundreds who chant ‘Death to Israel,’ wield Palestinian flags‬‬.

A Turkish court on Tuesday opened a trial in absentia of four former Israeli military commanders in the killing of nine people aboard a Turkish ship that tried to break the Gaza blockade.

Prosecutors have demanded life in prison for several officers in command at the time of the 2010 Israeli raid, but it appears unlikely that any sentence could be carried out.

Hundreds of people gathered outside an Istanbul criminal court that planned to hear testimony from passengers who were on the Gaza-bound ship at the time of the Israeli raid.

Gathered were also relatives of those who were killed.

Some called out “Death to Israel” and “Allah Akbar,” and wielded Turkish and Palestinian flags.

Nine pro-Palestinian activists – eight Turks and a Turkish-American – were killed aboard the vessel Mavi…

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