'IDF soldiers on Marmara didn't offer medical treatment'

October 25, 2010 14:55

Two Israeli-Arabs who were aboard the Turkish Mavi Marmara testified before Turkel Commission on Monday, and recounted their experiences during the May 31 Navy interception of the Gaza-bound vessel.

Muhammad Zaidan, an Israeli-Arab who was aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was boarded, told the Turkel Commission that Israeli soldiers refused to offer treatment to wounded passengers on the boat for at least one hour.

Zaidan said that he and about 250 other passengers remained below deck, in a large room where they slept during the seizure of the boat. He said he did not see the takeover of the boat by the soldiers, however, during the takeover, about 20 wounded passengers entered the room. Many of them were bleeding, he added.

Zaidan said Israeli soldiers stood outside the door talking to each other but did not enter the room and did not extend help.

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