DON'T LEAVE ANYBODY BEHIND
Bodies of 9 people, 4 of them Turks, who lost their lives in Israeli attack, were sent to Turkey.
20 injured people, 19 of them Turkish citizens, and an Irish citizen, were brought to Turkey by an ambulance plane for treatment.
490 volunteers reached Turkey in the later hours following 15-hour bargaining.
Two people, who were seriously injured, will receive treatment in Israel.
HILLARY CLINTON CRIES FOR GAZA
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu explained his colleague U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the attack on aid ship and the tragedy in Gaza.
It was reported that Clinton could not stop her tears against the tragedy in Gaza.
FIVE HOUR SECURITY SUMMIT
Summit of the state convened on Wednesday under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Steps that would be taken after Israel's attack and countering terrorism were assessed at the 5-hour meeting.
GAZA VOLUNTEERS RETURN, NOW TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL INQUIRY
Turkish aid volunteers, detained by Israel, returned home by six planes, however Turkey is still after the attack that Israel staged in international waters. Ankara is pressing on international community for an independent committee for investigation into the bloody attack in line with the presidential statement of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Turkey wants all requirements of international law to be fulfilled, including compensation for the victims.
UNANIMOUS DECLARATION AGAINST ISRAEL FROM PARLIAMENT
The parliament released a declaration against Israel's attack on Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and strongly condemned the attack. In the decision made unanimously, the parliament said Israel openly violated international law. Representatives of four political parties that have groups at the parliament met the previous day and prepared the text. The declaration said the Israeli government was responsible for the incident, and Jewish people in Turkey should not be taken as a target.
DETERMINATION MAKES ISRAEL GET DOWN ON KNEES
Turkey's ultimatum, which called on Israel to release the detained Turkish citizens, made it take a step back. Tel-Aviv, which earlier said that it would "try" the peace volunteers, had to release the detained. The Gaza conquerors were brought to Turkey with 6 planes and they were welcomed like heroes.
SINGLE VOICE AGAINST PIRACY
The parliament has condemned the state terror in the Mediterranean. In a declaration signed by all the political parties, Israel was called on to "officially apologize" and "punish those who were responsible". The declaration also demanded that military and economic relations with Tel-Aviv should be reviewed.
3 CRITICAL HOURS
Turkey gave 24 hours to Israel to release the volunteers, saying otherwise, it would cut down its relations with this country and try Israeli soldiers. Upon such development, USA stepped in and there was an intense traffic between the countries. In three hours, Israel gave in.
ISRAEL SHOULD APOLOGIZE
Representatives of the political parties in the parliament signed yesterday a joint declaration that condemned Israel's bloody attack. The declaration, which was announced at the general assembly meeting, said "the parliament deeply condemned this inhumane attack that killed and injured numerous innocent people". The declaration also asked the government "to review political, military and economic ties with Israel and to take effective measures".
"The Israeli government should apologize for the attack, should try and punish those who are responsible and pay compensation to victims," the declaration said.
STATE ASSUMES ATTITUDE
The parliament discussed a joint condemnation declaration against Israel for two days. Suat Kilic, the deputy chairman of the Justice & Development (AK) Party group at parliament, objected to a sentence of the declaration saying, "the parliament expects the Turkish government to review its political, military and economic relations with Israel, and take necessary efficient measures." Kilic, therefore, did not sign the declaration for two days, but had to sign it in the end upon strong reactions.
Also, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a security meeting in which participants assumed an attitude against Israel, and discussed recent terrorist attacks in Turkey. A statement released after the meeting said Turkey would tighten measures against PKK terrorism which had escalated in recent days. Also, the participants strongly condemned the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, and said all economic, military and legal measures would be taken against Israel.
USA: FIND ANOTHER WAY
U.S. President Barack Obama, who refrains from condemning Israel for its attack on aid flotilla, spoke to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the phone, and asked Erdogan to "seek ways to dispatch aid to Gaza without harming the security of Israel." Obama said he was supporting a reliable, objective and transparent inquiry of facts.
DENIZLI PERIOD ENDS
Surprising news in Turkish soccer world: Besiktas soccer team in Turkcell Super League are parting ways with their coach Mustafa Denizli. The reason is health problems of Denizli.
FENERBAHCE BECOME CHAMPIONS
Fenerbahce Ulker basketball team defeated Efes Pilsen 76-51 in the sixth game of play-off final series, and became the champions of Beko Basketball League of Turkey.
NINE YEARS LATER IN TURKEY
Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration in north of Iraq, arrived in Turkey --upon an invitation-- for the first time in nine years.
I WILL NOT TALK IF YOU CAN NOT SOLVE
Telephone conversation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with U.S. President Barack Obama, which was planned to take place at 8.00 a.m. on Tuesday evening, took place at 11.15 p.m. when Israel was asked to give assurances to release the detainees.
JEWS CARRYING TURKISH FLAGS ALSO ATTEND PROTEST
A group of people gathering in front of Israel's Consulate General in New York protested Israel's bloody raid on ships carrying aid to Gaza.
In the crowd of people carrying Turkish and Palestinian flags, there were Hasidic Jews in opposing presence of Israeli state.
SANCTION ON ISRAEL IS ON AGENDA
In the security summit that convened under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, PKK terrorist attack in Iskenderun, and military and economic measures that would be imposed on Israel were assessed.
Accordingly, in case Turkey's conditions are not met, no new military agreement would be signed with Israel and trade would be made in the minimum level.
FIRST THE INJURED COME
19 Turkish citizens, who were wounded in Israel's attack on ships carrying aid to Gaza were brought to Turkey on Wednesday evening.
Health Ministry ambulance plane brought a Turkish citizen and and Irish volunteer who were injured.
A CASA military ambulance plane which later arrived brought 18 Turks who were also injured.
RIHANNA TO BE IN BOSPHORUS TONIGHT
22-year-old R&B singer Rihanna, who sells millions of albums and fills stadiums all over the world, will give a concert at Turkcell Kurucesme Arena in Istanbul tonight.
TERRIFYING STATEMENT FROM BDP DEPUTY
Emine Ayna, a Mardin deputy from Peace & Democracy Party (BDP), made a comment about the attack in Iskenderun town of the southern province of Hatay where six soldiers were killed. Ayna said, "here's what I understand from the attack in Iskenderun; this war will not be limited only with Kurdistan any more. Nobody shall get angry. Truth is bitter, and it hurts. Is this what the government and the prime minister want? Do they want the war to spread to the whole Turkey?"
BIG TRACE ON CYBERCRIME
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey would sign Convention on Cybercrime which was prepared within the scope of Council of Europe. Serious punishments will be given to cybercrimes under this convention. Processes such as hacking a system, erasing or e-mailing data (illegally) will be punished seriously.
RETURN FROM GAZA
Around 466 peace volunteers returned to Turkey early on Thursday after three days of captivity in Israel. Thousands of people, as well as ministers, welcomed the peace volunteers.
Peace volunteers, who were detained in a bloody raid on ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, were released before the 24-hour-time ultimatum given by Turkey to Israel to free them was over.
Israel, which took a backward step upon pressure, wanted to detain IHH Chairman Bulent Yildirim and some other volunteers this time. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the planes carrying Turkish people back to Turkey would not take off from Israel even if a single Turkish citizen had to stay in Israel. Upon this, Israel allowed 466 volunteers and nine dead bodies to leave with three planes. Names were checked and the planes took off from Israel after 15 hours of head count. The volunteers were taken to Forensic Medical Institute for check-up.
THEY URGED US TO STRIP OFF
Daily Sabah's reporter Mediha Olgun, who witnessed the raid on ships and had to stay in Israeli prison for two days, told about what had happened. Olgun said, "they opened files about us in 10 different places after we were taken out of the ships, and they took our photographs in 15 different places. They urged us to strip off in every place they took us. They cut our shoes and searched everything. One of our belongings went missing in each place they took us. They took our purses, money, identity cards, and even our socks and stockings, and they did not give them back."