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Sep 03

Israeli soldier charged with looting Gaza aid flotilla ship

Israeli military says soldier is accused of stealing from the Mavi Marmara after it was towed to an Israeli port

Gaza flotilla lead ship Mavi Marmara escorted by speedboat near Ashdod Gaza flotilla lead ship Mavi Marmara near the southern port of Ashdod after the raid by Israeli commandos. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Israeli soldier has been charged with looting the lead ship in a Gaza aid flotilla attacked by Israeli naval commandos at the end of May.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the soldier was accused of stealing equipment from the Mavi Marmara after it was towed to an Israeli port. The statement, released late yesterday, said the soldier’s actions “directly contradict the Israeli military’s moral standards”.

Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when commandos opened fire on the ship. Both sides say they acted in self-defence.

The raid provoked an outcry and forced Israel to ease its blockade of Gaza, aimed at weakening Gaza’s Hamas rulers and preventing the shipment of weapons.

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