Turks shot multiple times on Gaza ship: forensics

ANKARA — All but two of the nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a
Gaza-bound aid ship were shot more than once, and five died from bullet
wounds to the head, according to forensic reports.

The reports
were made available to AFP Tuesday by lawyers for the victims’ families,
who have petitioned Turkish prosecutors to investigate the May 31
bloodshed on the Turkish Mavi Marmara ferry.

The forensic
examinations were carried out in Turkey by the government-run Forensic

“The findings make it clear the Israeli forces shot to
kill the activists and not to overpower them,” one of the lawyers, Yasin
Divrak, told AFP.

The nine volunteers were shot a total of 31
times, according to the documents.

The youngest victim,
19-year-old Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-US national, was shot five
times, including twice in the head, his autopsy report said.

bullet that pierced his face was fired from close range, it said, adding
he was hit also in the back of the head.

The forensic experts
failed to detect other point-blank shots on the remaining victims.

nine bodies had been washed before being brought to Turkey and their
clothes were either blood-soaked or otherwise unfit for analysis, making
it impossible to reach a conclusion on the ranges of most shots,
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