World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Tuesday hailed an order issued by a Turkish court for the arrest of four former senior Israeli military officers over the deadly 2010 assault on the Mavi Marmara, a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship.
The court order for the men's arrest "serves the utmost justice and humanitarian and legal responsibility," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Anadolu Agency.
"The order will serve as a deterrent to those committing crimes and terrorism against the Palestinian people and activists," Barhoum said.
He also called on Arab countries to follow suit and issue similar warrants for the arrest of Israeli officials involved in "crimes" against the Palestinians.
In May 2010, Israeli commandos killed eight Turkish nationals – and a U.S. citizen of Turkish descent – when they attacked the Mavi Marmara in international waters.
Earlier this month, a tenth Turkish victim of the assault succumbed to injuries.
The ill-fated ship had been part of a Turkish aid flotilla carrying humanitarian assistance to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
The event sparked international outrage at the time and led to a deterioration of Turkish-Israeli ties.Last Mod: 27 Mayıs 2014, 12:55