Mavi Marmara 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
experts were working around the clock on board the Turkish aid ship, the
Mavi Marmara, looking for evidence which could be crucial in the case
against Israel, according to an Al-Jazeera report Monday.The statement said that the Foreign Ministry
sent a message to the Turkish authorities expressing Jerusalem’s
expectation that Ankara would prevent other Turkish vessels from
violating the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The message also underlined
that Israel transfers equipment and goods to Gaza on an ongoing basis
via the land crossings, in a manner “acceptable to the international
community and which is anchored in recognized agreements.”
eight hours after the ship arrived in Turkey experts were studying blood
stained clothes worn by the passengers along with up to fifty life
jackets with bullet wounds with hopes of being able to decipher from
which direction the bullets were fired.
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The Al-Jazeera report claimed that the floor of the ship was covered with
blood and passengers were held in handcuffs for up to three hours.
Mavi Marmara was returned back to Turkey over two months after it took
part in a flotilla aimed at breaking the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
to a statement issued by the Defense Ministry, the decision to release
the Marmara and the other vessels to three Turkish towing ships that
came to pick them up was based on a decision by the political echelon
made last month.
senior government official said the decision to release the ships was
significant for the Turks, who view it as an important gesture.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report.