- Title: FILE: Military report says there were "mistakes" in Israeli raid on Gaza aid ship
- Date: 13th July 2010
- Summary: AT SEA (FILE - MAY 31, 2010) (REUTERS) ISRAELI NAVY SHIPS AT SEA NAVY SHIPS RAIDING GAZA-BOUND AID BOAT GAZA-BOUND AID BOAT AT SEA VARIOUS OF TROOPS RAIDING GAZA-BOUND AID BOAT
- Embargoed: 28th July 2010 13:00
- Topics: International Relations,Defence / Military
- Reuters ID: LVA26KADJ2ASFCVOD5JUFWDTZBCV
- Story Text: An Israeli military inquiry found no wrongdoing or negligence in the navy's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, but said intelligence and operational mistakes led to the deaths of nine Turkish activists.
A civilian panel is conducting a separate inquiry into the May 31 raid that triggered an international outcry, strained Israel's relations with its once-close Muslim ally Turkey and forced the Jewish state to ease its land blockade on Gaza.
Israel says its troops acted in self-defence in opening fire on passengers who attacked them with metal rods and knives as the Israelis boarded the ship.
It also says the interception was necessary to enforce a naval blockade designed to prevent arms shipments from reaching Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
Israel has also said it will not allow an aid ship sent by a Libyan group to reach Gaza. The Moldovan-flagged Amalthea, renamed Hope, left Greece for Gaza on Saturday on a trip organised by a charity chaired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.
Turkey called the bloodshed onboard the Mavi Marmary Israeli "state terrorism", withdrew its ambassador and cancelled joint military exercises.
Nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed on the Israeli attack on the aid ship.
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