Turkish families refuse Israeli compensation for realtives’ lives

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Families of the Turkish activists who were killed in the 2010 Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship said that they will not drop charges against Israelis who killed 10 Turks and worsened dimplomatic ties between the two sides.

Turkey and Israel have reached a settlement for $20 million as a compensation for the families, who were on their way to Gaza to break the seige and provide them with humanitarian aid.

“We have no intention to drop the lawsuits, and we are certainly not accepting the compensation.” Cigdem Topcuoglu, whose husband was killed on the Marmara, told the AFP news agency on Friday. “They will come and kill your husband next to you and say ‘take this money, keep your mouth shut and give up on the case’. Would you accept that?” Topcuoglu added.

Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish IHH organization that organized the flotilla, said the case would never end.

“Those who believe the case would drop will be disappointed,” he declared, according to AFP.

Ismail Songur, whose father was killed in the raid, said, “Nobody from the Turkish government asked our opinion before they struck a deal. Unfortunately, the Turkish government is becoming a part of the lawlessness carried out by Israel.”


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