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Court in Turkey issues arrest warrants for 4 top Israeli military commanders including Gabi Ashkenazi

By Mason White 4:33 PM May 27, 2014
Gabi Ashkenazi 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A court in Turkey issued arrests warrants for several top Israeli military commanders.

On Monday, four former Israeli military commanders, who are on trial in absentia for the murder of nine citizens on a Gaza bound ship, were ordered to be under arrest.

The decision came after months of negotiations between Turkey and Israel to end a diplomatic crisis that broke out after the Israeli commando raid on the Mavi Marmara. The court ordered the arrest of former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, former Air Force Commander Amos Yadlin, and former head of Air Force intelligence Avishay Levi.

The charges in the indictment include inciting murder through cruelty or torture, and inciting injury with firearms. The court also said that it will ask Interpol to issue red notices for the arrest of the four former military officials.

Israel and Turkey were close allies before the raid on the Gaza bound ship. Last year, Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the raid.