02:23 GMT14 August 2020
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    International Criminal Court judges are asking prosecutors to investigate an attack by Israeli Defense Forces on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that attempted to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.

    Prosecutors had previously decided not to investigate the attack that left nine Turkish activists dead, and dozens more injured, as they attempted to bring essential supplies to the people of Gaza.  The killings occurred after Israeli commandos jumped onto their six ships from helicopters.

    Items the flotilla attempted to deliver included food, wheelchairs, books, toys, electricity generators, operating equipment, medicines, medical equipment, textiles, footwear, cash, mobility scooters, sofas, and building materials, such as cement, for communities to attempt to rebuild, all of which are barred by the blockade.

    "It is not clear why the court insists on using its resources to deal with unnecessary, cynical and politically-motivated complaints," Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told Reuters.

    In order for prosecutors to again decide not to investigate the incident, they will need to provide new arguments as to why not.

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    Gaza Freedom Flotilla, International Criminal Court, Palestine, Israel, Turkey
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