Turkey sought ICJ intervention in Gaza blockade

On September 3, 2011, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Turkey would go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the legality of Israel's Gaza Strip blockade. Davutoglu began the proceedings after the release of a UN report criticizing Israel for using excessive and unreasonable force during its raid on a flotilla in May 2010. Israel itself had established two internal commissions to investigate its response to the flotilla. In August 2010, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testified before the civilian commission that the use of force during the raid did not violate international law.


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