International Criminal Court Launches Inquiry into Israeli Raid on Gaza Flotilla

(BBC News) The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a preliminary inquiry into an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010, following a request from the Comoros Islands, in which one of the vessels was registered. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Tuesday, "My office will be conducting a preliminary examination in order to establish whether the criteria for opening an investigation are met." A UN inquiry in 2011 found that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza "was imposed as a legitimate security measure" which "complied with the requirements of international law." Israel is not a party to the treaty establishing the ICC.

2013-05-16 00:00:00

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