Israeli officials, including Netanyahu, to face arrest in Spain

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A judge in Spain reportedly issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in addition to seven other former and current Israeli officials over a 2010 fatal raid by the Tel Aviv regime forces on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

According to reports by Spanish media, the group could be arrested if they set foot on Spanish soil, the Jerusalem Post reported on Saturday, Press TV said.

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the Turkish-flagged MV Mavi Marmara that was part of the Freedom Flotilla in the high seas in the Mediterranean Sea, killing nine Turkish citizens and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy. A 10th died after four years in a coma.

The arrest warrants also include former Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Army, Moshe Ya’alon and Ehud Barak, the former minister of Army, former interior minister, Eli Yishai, and former minister of intelligence, Dan Meridor, are among those implicated in the case.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry  considered the decision to be “a provocation,” and is currently working on overturning it.

Last month, the family of one of the victims of the raid, who is an American-Turkish citizen, filed a lawsuit against Barak for the raid.

The flotilla was attempting to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, carrying aid to the Palestinians in the impoverished enclave.

Gaza has been under siege since 2007, which has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

The attack sparked international outcry and plunged relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara into an all-time low at the time.

Press TV