Turkey Drops Case Against Israeli Officers

nnnA Turkey’s court has dropped a case against Israeli military officials charged in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists, a decision aligned with a reconciliation pact between Turkey and Israel.

Under a deal reached this year, Israel agreed to pay $20 million in compensation to the victims of a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid ship trying to reach Gaza. In return, Israeli nationals would not be held criminally or financially liable for the incident.

The Israeli military officials, including the former military chief, were on trial in absentia in Istanbul, held responsible for the deaths of nine activists. A tenth victim died in a hospital in 2014.

Last week a prosecutor, citing the deal, requested that the case be dropped.