This news today is sure to have repercussions. One of the nine activists killed by Israel commandos in a botched raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla is a naturalized American citizen originally from Turkey. He was shot five-times, with bullets in his head.
According to the Anatolia news agency, as reported by Fox News, the American citizen has been identified as a 19-year-old:
“An official from the Turkish Islamic charity that spearheaded the campaign to bust the blockade on Gaza identified the U.S. citizen as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, originally from the central Turkish town of Kayseri.”
“Dogan, who held a U.S. passport, had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, Omer Yagmur of the Foundation of Humanitarian Relief (IHH), told Anatolia.”
Israel has insisted the activists on the humanitarian aid ship attacked the commandos, as they boarded the ship and they shot their weapons in self defense. But the activists claim the commandos fired first on unarmed civilians.
Israel is defending its right to use force to preserve its blockade of Gaza. But the United Nations is calling on Israel to end it. “I have repeatedly made it quite clear to Israel’s leaders that the Israeli policy of closure is not sustainable and that it’s wrong. It causes unacceptable sufferings,” said UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
A new humanitarian aid ship bound for Gaza is due to arrive in the region on Friday or Saturday, setting off a new confrontation with Israel forces.