Sunday, June 06, 2010
Flotilla autopsy details released by Turkey
by Larry Geller
In addition to the autopsy information, this article has a good account of the attack on the ship and subsequent treatment of detainees.
Turkey released its autopsy results for the nine people killed aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships that was part of the Gaza Aid Flotilla.
On Friday, the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine released preliminary autopsy results for the nine Turkish men killed in the Israeli raid of the Mavi Marmara. The findings have generated almost as much controversy as has Israel's actions. The results show five of the dead were shot in the back of the head or in the back, reported the Guardian. They were all shot at close range, and most were shot multiple times, with 30 bullets found in the bodies of the nine men. A British citizen who witnessed the raid first hand told the Guardian Israel appeared to have a "shoot-to-kill" policy.
Israel continues to defend its actions, saying the activists provoked the violence. There are numerous videos posted on a You Tube channel by Israel that appear to back up what Israel's claims. However, the AFP reports the Foreign Press Association claims Israel is using stolen videos and photographs, taken from the journalists who had accompanied the flotilla. With Israel's admission it had edited at least of its You Tube postings, there is doubt about the veracity of Israel's claims. Reporters Without Borders said there were at least sixty journalists accompanying the flotilla. [Digital Journal, Turkish autopsies reveal aid activists shot from behind, 6/6/2010]