Turkish injured volunteers: Israeli troops 'came ship to destroy'

Volunteers in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, who were wounded in Israeli attack on the ships, said that Israeli soldiers came to ship to "destroy" them.

Turkish injured volunteers: Israeli troops 'came ship to destroy'

 

Volunteers in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, who were wounded in Israeli attack on the ships, said that Israeli soldiers came to ship to "destroy" them.

Muhyittin Yildirim, one of the Turkish volunteers on the ship on which Israel attacked, argued that Israeli soldiers "attacked" the ship "to destroy."

"We were not expecting them to attack on a ship that was carrying humanitarian aid," Yildirim told AA correspondent in Ankara where he was brought for medical treatment.

Yildirim said volunteers started to resist "as a precaution" since they did not trust Israeli soldiers, and the soldiers attacked the ship without any warning.

"Some of the Israeli soldiers, who first got on our ship, were rendered ineffective by our friends, our friends got their weapons. If they had had a bad intention, they would have used the weapons against the soldiers but they threw them to the sea," Yildirim said.

However, Yildirim said, Israeli doctors were caring towards the injured.

Also speaking to AA, another activist Mustafa Batirhan said when they realized that soldiers came to "destroy" them, they tried to hamper the soldiers by materials like chairs, that would not hurt people.

Moreover, activist Muharrem Gunes said soldiers hit him with a single bullet in his face when they saw he was not injured.

Also, cameraman of the ship, Erkan Bayfidan said soldiers shot him although he was not a threat as he just crouched down, and Israeli soldiers seized, and did not return his personal belongings.

On May 31, an Israeli raid on the convoy of ships with more than 600 people on board killed 9 people and injured nearly 30 others. Eight of the nine killed were Turkish citizens, and the other was U.S. citizen of Turkish descent.
 

AA

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