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Saturday June 5, 2010 9:05 AM (EST+7)
Autopsy results show activists shot in head at close range

Read more: Freedom flotilla, Gaza convoy, aid convoy, convoy, international casualties, Turkey, Mavi Marmara

RAMALLAH, June 5 (JMCC) - Autopsy results on the bodies of the nine Turkish men killed aboard the Mavi Marmara show that they were shot 30 times. Five were shot in the head at close range, according to documents obtained by the Guardian.

Nine Turkish men on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head, according to the vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine, which carried out the autopsies for the Turkish ministry of justice today.

The results revealed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.

The findings emerged as more survivors gave their accounts of the raids. Ismail Patel, the chairman of Leicester-based pro-Palestinian group Friends of al-Aqsa, who returned to Britain today, told how he witnessed some of the fatal shootings and claimed that Israel had operated a shoot to kill policy.

Read the story at the Guardian...







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