Ankara still waiting on final tally of flotilla casualties
Turkish officials Wednesday said they are still waiting for a final account of how many of its citizens were injured or killed in Monday's Israeli commando raid on an aid flotilla heading to Gaza, DPA reported.
So far, some 20 injured Turks have been transported back to Turkey, but officials said they are waiting for word on how many other injured are still in Israel.
Of the nine killed in the raid, four have so far been positively identified as Turks. Turkish officials were not able to release their names.
The Israeli action has led to worldwide condemnation and to a severe strain in the once-close ties between Turkey and Israel.
Turkish officials have called for international action against Israel. In a speech in parliament yesterday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of committing a "massacre" and warned it not to "test Turkey's patience."