ICC to hold trial on Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla - Anadolu Agency

An international trial on Israel’s deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will be held on May 1, according to the flotilla’s legal commission, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

The concerned parties will plead their case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) next week, Anadolu quoted attorney Gulden Sönmez as saying. 

In 2010, the Israeli Navy raided the Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla seeking to deliver aid and humanitarian support in defiance of a blockade of the Gaza Strip imposed by Israel and Egypt. Ankara responded by suspending all defence projects and military cooperation with Israel.

A reconciliation deal that would see Israel pay $20 million in compensation to the families of the 10 Turkish activists that were killed on the Mavi Marmara ended the six-year diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel in 2016. 

Victims from 37 countries are still pursuing justice, making their case on various legal platforms, Sönmez said in a statement.

"We are making an open appeal to the prosecutor and the International Criminal Court to initiate this investigation to see justice served," she said.