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New footage shows post-raid Marmara ship

Turkish news agency releases video clip showing passengers, bodies aboard Gaza-bound flotilla

Hassan Shaalan
Published: 05.31.12, 00:02 / Israel News

Turkey's official Anadolu Agency on Wednesday released a new video allegedly filmed aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara vessel shortly after it was raided by IDF commandos in May 2010.

 

The reportedly never-before-seen footage shows the passengers sitting and sleeping aboard the ship, as wells as what appear to be the bodies of some of the nine people killed in the raid, wrapped in Palestinian and Turkish flags.

 

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Several Arab Israeli figures traveled to Turkey on Tuesday ahead of the deadly raid's two-year anniversary, which takes place on May 31. The delegation included Mohamed Zidan, the head of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee of Israel, Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch and Hamad Abu Daa'bas, the head of the movement's southern branch.

 

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The three officials were expected to take part in a memorial event aboard the renovated Marmara vessel and attend a mach in Istanbul. Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi, who was one of the flotilla activists, was invited to the event but did not join the delegation.

 

'Important to mark massacre'

Raja Agbaria, a member of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, told Ynet on Wednesday

the Arab-Israeli leaders who have travelled to Turkey are slated to speak at a memorial ceremony there. They intend to condemn the actions taken against the flotilla activists and to convey the anger of the Arab public over the deadly event, he added.

 

"It is very important to take part in events marking the massacre for which the Israeli government is responsible," he said.

 

On Monday a Turkish court formally pressed charges against members of the IDF for the killing of nine Turkish nationals aboard the ship, which was travelling to Gaza with the purpose of breaking Israel's maritime blockade of the region.

 

The court in Istanbul voted unanimously to approve an indictment against Israel's former military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, along with the heads of its navy, air force and military intelligence, the Anadolu Agency said. They face nine consecutive life terms in prison for "inciting to kill monstrously, and by torturing," the agency added.

 

 

 

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