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Turkey to Indict 4 Israelis Over Flotilla Incident

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A special prosecutor in Istanbul has prepared indictments against the four top Israeli commanders who led the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

The 144-page indictment seeks 10 aggravated life jail sentences for each commander, including former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, according to the English-language Turkish news service Today’s Zaman, citing the Sabah daily.

The other Israeli commanders to be indicted reportedly are Navy commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom; military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin; and the head of Air Force intelligence, Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi.

The indictment mentions 10 “slain Turks.” Nine Turkish nationals, including a Turkish-American man, were killed in clashes during the raid. The 10th person is a man who remains in a vegetative state, according to Zaman. The indictment also reportedly refers to 490 victims and complainants, including 189 who were reported injured in the attacks.

Sabah said the indictment was submitted to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Turan Colakkadı, who is expected to approve the request to submit it to the appropriate court.

Israeli Navy commandos on May 31, 2010 boarded the Mavi Marmara, which claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid, after warning the ship not to sail into waters near the Gaza Strip in circumvention of Israel’s naval blockade of the coastal strip.

Israel’s government-appointed Turkel Commission found in its investigation that the government and the military behaved appropriately, and that the blockade of Gaza was legal.

The United Nations’ Palmer Committee also found the blockade to be legal but said Israel used excessive force while boarding the vessel. .

Turkey’s inquiry deemed the Gaza blockade and the Israeli raid to have been illegal.

Ankara has called on Israel for an official apology and compensation for the raid, and to lift the Gaza blockade. The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations and military agreements since the incident.

Turkey Denies Report That It Will Replace Iran as Chief Financier of Hamas

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The Turkish Foreign Ministry denied a report published in the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman Sunday that alleged that Turkey had pledged to replace Iran as chief financial backer of Hamas.

According to the same newspaper, Turkish foreign ministry officials said Monday that although the report of Turkish aid was false, “Turkey is, of course, engaged in projects to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

Turkey Officials Fear Attack on US Diplomatic Targets

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Turkey’s intelligence and security forces have warned police in all districts of the country that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to attack the American embassy and American consulates in Turkey, according to a report Tuesday by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman.

The report states that a cell of the Quds Unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is planning to spearhead the attack, and that Hizbollah may play a role. It also said that the perpetrators will likely be staying at a five-star hotel in the city in which the attack is being planned.

 

Turkey Officials say Israel Aiding Kurdish Rebel Group

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Turkish intelligence officials have accused Israel of aiding the Kurdish rebel group PKK, claiming that Israeli drones gathered data that assisted the group in establishing training sites on the Turkey-Syria border.

According to a report drafted by Turkish intelligence officials and obtained by Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, PKK training bases “[w]ere set up in areas that are known to be weakspots for the Turkish military, after they obtained intelligence collected by the drones.”

The intelligence report also claimed that a senior PKK member visited Israel several times in recent years.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/turkey-officials-say-israel-aiding-kurdish-rebel-group/2012/01/18/

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