Relatives of flotilla victims sue Israel

The relatives of three Turkish activists who died during an Israeli naval operation aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza in 2010, along with 30 other plaintiffs, have filed a lawsuit against Israel seeking compensation, the Hürriyet Daily Newspaper reported Oct. 6.

The families of Furkan Dogan, Cevdet Kiliclar and Necdet Yildirim filed a petition seeking financial and moral compensation from Israel; the 30 other plaintiffs allege they have suffered as result of the incident, including people who were seriously injured, nurses and members of the press.

The 33 plaintiffs are requesting a total of 10 million Turkish liras ($5 million) in compensation from Israel.

A Turkish court pressed formal charges in May against four IDF commanders it holds responsible for the nine deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara, and has demanded nine consecutive life terms.

An Israeli commission of inquiry investigated the incident and found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense when they boarded the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

Turkey has tried without success to get Israel to apologize, and to compensate those who died as a precondition for normalizing relations. Israel has only expressed regret for the loss of lives. —