Turkish relief foundation expresses concerns about wounded activists

May 31, 2010

The Turkish agency that organized the Turkish ships carrying aid to Gaza voiced concern on Monday about the passengers who were wounded when Israeli commandos raided Freedom Flotilla.
Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH) Vice President Yavuz Dadı told reporters in a press conference that the military assault started at 4:30 am on Monday according to footage from security cameras on the Mavi Marmara, the biggest ship in the flotilla carrying about 600 civilians.
Israeli helicopters and military ships started shooting without any warning, Dadı said, quoted by Turkish daily hurriyetdailynews. “It was like a war exposing the violence of Israel against civilians.” 
He also addressed Israeli claims that activists onboard attacked Israeli soldiers.
“The ships went through several customs. No one on board was armed,” said Dadı. “We are worried about the wounded as Israeli authorities are announcing two more deaths every two hours.”
İHH President Bülent Yıldırım was among the activists on board.
“Israel broke all international laws,” said Abdurahman Dilipak, a Turkish intellectual speaking at the press conference on behalf of several NGOs. “The Turkish military should send ships to take the wounded and bring the ships back,” he said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
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