ICC permanently closes flotilla war crimes case

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The International Criminal Court on Wednesday permanently closed the war crimes allegations against Israel relating to the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla in which 10 Turkish citizens were killed during an altercation with IDF troops.
The decision by the ICC's Pretrial Chamber followed a decision by the ICC Prosecutor to close the case for a third time in December 2019 as well as prior rulings from the ICC's highest body, the appeals chamber, which seemed to undermine attempts to force the ICC Prosecutor to move forward with the case.

This is the first time that the ICC Pretrial Chamber has thrown in the towel after appeals against the ICC Prosecutor's decision to close the case.
During its December 2019 decision, the ICC Prosecution made some of the most complimentary statements regarding the IDF and Israeli positions on some war crimes issues to date.
From a technical perspective, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s third consecutive decision to close her preliminary probe of alleged war crimes by IDF soldiers who killed 10 people on the Mavi Marmara during a clash to seize the ship was nothing new.
She and the ICC Pretrial Chamber have been at legal loggerheads over this case for multiple rounds now since 2014.
The ICC has pushed her to move to a full criminal investigation three times and each time she has said that there was no basis to move forward.