- Pro-Palestinian protesters simulate the funeral of an
activist in a demonstration against Israel's attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom
Flotilla in Barcelona.
- Activist Idris Simsek, who was on board one of the six
ships of the Freedom Flotilla during the Israeli attack, claims that four
wounded activists were thrown into the sea.
- The Israeli troops also put immense psychological pressure
on the activists of the Freedom Flotilla, the Turkish daily Today's Zaman
quoted Simsek as saying in an article published on Saturday.
- Simsek said they expected some harassment from the Israeli
forces but did not expect an armed attack.
- He went on to say that he witnessed that the person who
waived the white flag to surrender was shot by the Israeli troops.
- Erol Demir, another activist who was on the Turkish ship
Mavi Marmara, said there is film footage of the chaos and the carnage on
the ship and stated that the footage will show the real face of the Israeli
military to the entire world.
- "They even shot those who surrendered. Many of our
friends saw this. They told me that there were handcuffed people who were
shot," he added.
- Hakan Albayrak, a journalist from the Turkish daily Yeni
Safak who was also on the ship, said, "It was an outright massacre
what Israel did out there. They attacked us in international waters We
had no weapons. I think we lost more people."
- The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in
international waters in the Mediterranean Sea early on May 31, killing
nine Turkish citizens on board the six ships and injuring about 50 other
- The fate of three other Freedom Flotilla activists is
- Israel also arrested nearly 700 activists from 42 countries
on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break
the siege of Gaza in order to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance
to the long-suffering people of the territory.