U.S. Citizen Killed In Flotilla Raid Was Shot Four Times In The Head
Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old man with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship, was one of the nine people killed in the raid on the aid flotilla headed for Gaza.
(h/t Raw Story)
According to ABC News, a forensic expert says he was shot at close range with four bullets in his head and one in his chest.
The ship was sponsored by a Turkish charity , the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and was carrying aid to Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade. The charity released the names of all nine dead. All are male and the ages range from 32 to 61.
The Mavi Marmara formed part of a flotilla that was organized by the Free Gaza movement and intended to break the three-year Israeli blockade on the embattled Palestinian enclave.
A look at other fatalities on board presents a gruesome picture.
A Canadian on board, Farooq Burney, described watching an elderly man bleed to death. The head of a Turkish charity that organized the aid flotilla said an Indonesian doctor was shot in the stomach and a photographer was shot in the forehead.
During hand-t0-hand combat some of the Israeli solders were disarmed, and members of the aid flotilla retrieved their guns but decided not to use them.
Asked if anyone had used the guns against the Israeli commandos, Burney said, “No, not at all.”
“Yes, we took their guns. It would be self defence even if we fired their guns,” Bulent Yildirim, chairman of the IHH, said.
“We told our friends on board we will die, become martyrs, but never let us be shown… as the ones who used guns,” he said, adding that people shouted that the weapons should not be used.
“By this decision, our friends accepted death, and we threw all the guns we took from them into the sea,” Yildirim said.Click here for reuse options!
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