Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized Friday to Turkey's president for the Israeli commando attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla three years ago that killed eight Turks, two U.S. senior administration officials told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama in the Middle East.
The deaths occurred on May 31, 2010, when Israeli forces intercepted an aid flotilla that was attempting to break an Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israel was inspecting all goods entering Gaza to make sure they did not contain any weapons that could be used my Hamas militants.
In September 2010, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded that Israeli forces committed serious violations of international law in the mid-sea interception, saying some of the deaths of some of the activists were "consistent with ... an arbitrary and summary execution."
Israel maintained that its troops were defending themselves from attacks by those on the boat.
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