World Bulletin / News Desk
A Swedish prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether international laws were broken when Israeli soldiers boarded Gaza-bound ships operated by the Sweden-based activist group Ship to Gaza.
When the group attempted to ship in humanitarian aid from Sweden to Gaza in 2010 and 2012 they hit the headlines. on both occasions 11 Swedish nationals were on board the vessels.
According to Sweden's foreign ministry, Henning Mankell, a famous Swedish author was on board on the 2010 voyage when the flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos.
Another voyage was brought to a halt after Israeli soldiers surrounded and boarded the vessel named Estelle two years ago.
Criminal offences ranging from aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful threats, theft, and other crimes under international law which may have breached the Geneva convention was investigated by prosecutor Henrik Attorps.
"We have grounds to believe that such crimes were committed," the office of the public prosecutor said in a statement.
The announcement was welcomed by members of the Ship to Gaza movement.
"We don't know what the final outcome will be but it is very gratifying that it is being examined," Ship to Gaza's chairwoman Ann Ighe told Aftonbladet.
Ship to Gaza is part of the Freedom Flotilla which aims to raise awareness by attempting to break Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The first attempt to reach Gaza by sea, took place in 2010 by a Turkish vessel flotilla where it resulted in the death of nine activists after Israeli soldiers boarded the ship.