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Soldier on Gaza boat looting charge

The Israeli military has said a soldier has been charged with looting the lead ship in a Gaza blockade-busting flotilla which was stopped by naval commandos in a deadly raid.

The military said the soldier is accused of stealing equipment from the Mavi Marmara after it was towed to an Israeli port.

According to a statement, the soldier's actions "directly contradict the Israeli military's moral standards".

Nine Turkish humanitarian aid workers were shot dead by Israeli commandos in May.

The bloody raid sparked an outcry and forced Israel to ease its blockade of Gaza, which it claims is aimed at weakening its Hamas government and preventing weapons shipments.

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