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Israeli Soldier Accused of Gaza Flotilla Theft


Israeli military police have arrested a defense force officer who allegedly stole computers from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla intercepted by Israeli commandos in May.

Officials say the officer is suspected of stealing as many as six laptop computers, some of which were sold to other soldiers. News reports say some of the soldiers who allegedly purchased the computers are also under investigation.

In May, nine pro-Palestinian activists on a Turkish ship were killed after Israeli commandos boarded vessels attempting to deliver aid directly to Gaza, in violation of an Israeli blockade.

The incident increased tensions between Israel and Turkey.

Israel had commandeered several Turkish ships that were part of the flotilla. However, earlier this month it allowed the ships' operators to sail the vessels back to Turkey.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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