- Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:04
Four senior officers from the Israeli Occupying Force have been sentenced to 18,000 years in prison by a Turkish court.
The charges, which were voted unanimously by the jury, were pressed against the four senior officers from the IOF for the killing of nine people aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, that attempted to enter Gaza in 2010 in order to break the blockade and bring medical supplies and relief aid.
The court in Istanbul charged the officers with nine consecutive life sentences in prison, one for each of the murdered victims alongside charges for the 189 people who were injured during the raid.
According to reports, the Gaza flotilla was organized to deliver 2,000 tons of relief and aid to the Gaza strip and furthermore 600 human rights activists were onboard.
The protesters were set to break the blockade imposed by Israel onto Gaza.
When they entered into the waters in Gaza they were told to turn back by the IOF, when they refused they began an assault on the flotillas, stating that it was in self defense.