Last two activists wounded by Israeli troops return to Turkey /PHOTO

A Turkish ambulance plane, carrying last two Turkish citizens wounded in Monday's Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla, landed in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Last two activists wounded by Israeli troops return to Turkey /PHOTO

A Turkish ambulance plane, carrying last two Turkish citizens wounded in Monday's Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla, landed in the Turkish capital Ankara on Friday.

Turkish activists were welcomed by Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag and Turkish Ambassador to Israel Oguz Celikkol, who was recalled after the deadly Israeli military operation against aid flotilla that killed nine people on board, eight Turkish citizen and an American of Turkish descent, Anadolu Agency said.

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Wounded Turks, last two of wounded in raid on Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, were identified as Osman Kurc and Celebi Bozan.

The incident sparked outrage in Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member and Israel's closest ally in the Middle East. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused the Jewish state of violating its own faith and the Ten Commandments with the killings.

Kurc and Bozan has bullet wounds and their breathing is machine-regulated, doctors said.

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On June 2, two days after the Israeli raid, two military ambulance planes brought 19 injured activists back to Turkey.

Three Turkish Airlines (THY) planes, carrying activists who were detained by Israeli authorities, landed in Istanbul early on June 3.

The planes, carrying 466 activists as well as bodies of nine people that were killed in the attack, landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at short intervals on June 3.

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A march to protest the Israeli raid was scheduled to take place in central Istanbul at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Saturday.

Of the 24 people being treated in Ankara, one is an Irish national, while the rest are Turkish, Dogan said.

"Seven of the patients are in critical condition, but their situation has improved since they returned," he said.

Kenneth Nichols O'Keefe, a former U.S. marine turned peace activist who was on board the Mavi Marmara, arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport late on Friday, his face covered in streaks of dried blood.

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O'Keefe is a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In 2003, he organised a "human shield" mission to Iraq to try and prevent another U.S. war there. He told reporters at the airport that Israeli authorities beat him while he was in detention.

"This is nothing compared to what others have gotten," he said. "I saw the mass murder that Israel perpetrated on the Mavi Marmara."

Agencies 

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