An Israeli inquiry commission has defended the actions of its troops during last year’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla sailing from Turkey.
Israeli naval commandos killed nine activists aboard the Turkish protest ship Mavi Marmara on May 31 after passengers resisted the takeover of the vessel in international waters.
The nearly 300-page report released by the government-appointed commission says that the actions of the soldiers “were found to be legal pursuant to the rules of international law.”
The commission, headed by a retired Supreme Court justice, included five Israeli members and two international observers.
The bloodshed drew heavy international condemnation directed at Israel and forced it to ease the blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.