(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson.)
A panel to investigate the IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship has been established by Turkey, the country's Foreign Ministry told AFP.
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According to the report, the panel will examine the events of the raid and "investigate the attack and the treatment the activists faced." The panel is expected to operate under the prime minister's office and publicize a written report on the investigation, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The international panel established by the United Nations earlier in August, which is also leading its own investigation into the raid, will be presented with the results of the Turkish commission.
The commission will include bureaucrats from various offices, such as
the foreign, justice, interior and transport ministries. Officials from
the Turkish maritime agency will also take part in the investigation.
The statement did not include a planned date as to when the commission
will present its findings.
According to press reports, Turkish prosecutors initiated an
investigation against top Israeli officials in June, which will
potentially lead to the pressing of various charges, such as murder,
injury, attacking Turkish citizens while in international waters and
Turkey has dismissed the two internal investigations Israel has
established to investigate the raid and expressed doubt over their
fairness. The country says it has confidence in the UN panel to reveal
the events of the incident.