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Some 33 relatives of the Turkish citizens who were killed in an Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship off Gaza in 2010 filed a lawsuit against Israel on Oct. 5, seeking compensation for their losses.

The families of Furkan Doğan, Cevdet Kılıçlar and Necdet Yıldırım, who were killed in the attack, filed a petition against Israel seeking financial and moral compensation, along with 30 other people who have suffered due to the attack, said the attorney for the families, Uğur Yıldırım.

Ties between the two countries hit their lowest point ever after Israeli forces killed nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. Turkey has said that in order for ties to normalize Israel must apologize, pay compensation to the families of those killed and lift its naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Among the plaintiffs in the case are people who were seriously wounded in the attack, members of the press, and nurses. The plaintiffs’ 33 cases request a total amount 10 million Turkish Liras in compensation from Israel.

A Turkish court pressed formal charges in May against members of the Israeli military who are suspected of having been involved in the the killings aboard the Mavi Marmara, demanding nine consecutive life terms for four commanders. Media reports also suggested at that time that Israel had offered to pay $6 million to victims of the Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla to settle lawsuits against the Israeli military.


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mara mcglothin

10/8/2012 4:51:27 PM

SAM STEVENS It seems to me that is was a Turkish flag on the boat right? So families should look toward Turkey for compensation for their claims. I am sure that BLUE can work it out that it is the USA who needs to pay. Backward thinking is alive and well.

Blue Dotterel

10/8/2012 11:26:50 AM

Turkey fired artillery at Syria for five deaths, may they should send a few bombs Israel's way in retaliation for nine Turkish deaths in international waters. Nah, Turkey doesn't want war with Israel, it wants war with Syria.

sam stevens

10/8/2012 10:56:36 AM

If you play with fire expect to get burnt. The people on the MM knew they were going to cause trouble, their intention was to 'break the blockade' , they were warned not to try it, they ignored warnings. One member even said he was prepared to become a martyr,some got their way. Once again we see Turks blame everyone but themselves. When Erdogan can cause a rumpus for not getting his way in Davos over ONE MINUTE there's no chance of balance, the Israelis know it, we know it.

Brit in Turkey

10/6/2012 10:37:54 AM

dogan kemal ileri - Sounds (smells) like my kind of place! 8-)

shmack shmack

10/5/2012 10:52:23 PM

Israel, being no lesser a rogue nation than North Korea, and no lesser a dictatorial Theocracy than Iran, will not compensate the victims. Remember? Israel is always the victim. For eternity. @Eyal Eyal – Sorry those poor soldiers belonging to the Israeli Terror Forces (ITF) got hurt when unarmed civilians tried to defend themselves. But of course an Israeli bloodied nose is 1000x more worth than a dead Turk with a bullet in the back of his head, right? Boycott Turkey? Good riddance.

dogan kemal ileri

10/5/2012 9:30:22 PM

All the alternative places Israelis can go on vacation are infiltrated with lard and pork fat dripping all over the place with clouds of bacon smelly permeating every nostril.Enjoy your holidays @Eyal Eyal

Nick Nick

10/5/2012 9:01:57 PM

Eyal, sometimes one has to dispair of the possibility that Israelis will ever display any insight regarding their position in the world. You can only hide behind America for so long and it is Israel that really needs friends in the region.Only in Israel's Alice in Wonderland world will the perpetrators of an atrocity expect the victims to apologise.I don't think Turks will miss Israeli tourists....they can always go to Greece or S. Cyprus

Danny B Danny

10/5/2012 8:13:08 PM

No doubt that the families entitled for compensation for the death of their loved ones. However as their death was in vain and under full responsibility of Turkish government who wanted to play the big brother of Gaza, it should be fully paid by PM Erdogan who supported, backed the IHH without taking into consideration the outcome of his action. Turkish government can claim that they have no responsibility but this childish claim long time ago been rejected by UN investigation.


10/5/2012 7:44:32 PM

Eyal Eyal@ Your arrogance hasn't got any limits; I hope you got enough money to compensate Palestinian land you have been stealing since 1948 when the case comes to court. Turkey is a kosher country; please tell me an alternate place which is KOSHER?

Brit in Turkey

10/5/2012 7:38:23 PM

Eyal Eyal. Please tell us about the brave, incompetent Israeli soldiers who killed the Turkish citizens.
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