Turkey releases its flotilla raid report

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February 11, 2011 17:42

 
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ANKARA, Turkey— A Turkish government inquiry into Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American said Israeli soldiers shot five victims from close range.

The report released Friday said two of the victims were killed even before soldiers boarded the Turkish ship in May. The report said Israel blatantly violated international laws.

Israeli commandos raided the flotilla as it sought to break Israel's Gaza blockade. Israel says the commandos were defending themselves.

An Israeli inquiry last month cleared its military and government of any wrongdoing, which sparked Turkish protests.

The incident further aggravated relations between the former allies, already tense over Turkish criticism of Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

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