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ICC prosecutor: Israel may have committed war crimes storming Gaza aid boat; no prosecution.

  • FILE - This May 22, 2010 photo provided by the Cyprus-based Free Gaza Movement shows one of the human rights group's ships, the Mavi Marmara, as it sets sail from Turkey carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren't grave enough to merit a prosecution at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Free Gaza Movement, File) NO SALES

    FILE - This May 22, 2010 photo provided by the Cyprus-based Free Gaza Movement shows one of the human rights group's ships, the Mavi Marmara, as it sets sail from Turkey carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip. On Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren't grave enough to merit a prosecution at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Free Gaza Movement, File) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a  Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 file photo of the Mavi Marmara  which was the lead boat of a flotilla that headed to the Gaza Strip and was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation in the Mediterranean May 31, 2010, as it returns in Istanbul, Turkey. Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed the Mavi Marmara the lead boat in the aid flotilla boat that headed to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren’t grave enough to merit a prosecution at the International Criminal Court, the court’s prosecutor said Thursday Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

    FILE - This is a Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 file photo of the Mavi Marmara which was the lead boat of a flotilla that headed to the Gaza Strip and was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation in the Mediterranean May 31, 2010, as it returns in Istanbul, Turkey. Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed the Mavi Marmara the lead boat in the aid flotilla boat that headed to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren’t grave enough to merit a prosecution at the International Criminal Court, the court’s prosecutor said Thursday Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 31, 2010 file photo the Mavi Marmara ship, the lead boat of a flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip which was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation, sails into the port of Ashdod, Israel. On Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren't grave enough to merit a prosecution at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 2010 file photo the Mavi Marmara ship, the lead boat of a flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip which was stormed by Israeli naval commandos in a predawn confrontation, sails into the port of Ashdod, Israel. On Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza, but the possible crimes aren't grave enough to merit a prosecution at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands. Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

The International Criminal Court prosecutor says Israeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza in 2010, but that the possible crimes are not grave enough to merit a prosecution.

Fatou Bensouda says in a statement Thursday that any cases relating to the storming "would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC."

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation last year after the tiny African state of Comoros — which is a member of the court — filed a complaint about the boarding of the ship which was flying under a Comoros flag.