8 Turkish citizens, 1 American Turk killed in Israel's attack on aid convoy: report
Eight of the nine people who were killed in Israel's attack on ships of a Gaza aid convoy were Turkish citizens and the other was Turk with American nationality, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.
Bodies of the nine people killed in the attack were brought to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport early Thursday and the funeral ceremony is being held at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, local private NTV reported.
Nineteen wounded activists and 466 others were brought from Israel to Turkey by six planes late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, Xinhua reported.
Three of the six planes landed in Turkey's capital city of Ankara and the other three landed in Istanbul.
One plane from Turkish Health Ministry carrying two seriously wounded activists arrived at a military base in Ankara late Wednesday night and two others, carrying 17 activists, landed in Ankara early Thursday.
The seriously wounded include a Turkish citizen, Imdat Avli, and an Irish citizen, said Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag late Wednesday.
All the injured were sent to Ataturk Hospital in Ankara for medical treatment, local private NTV reported.
On Monday, an Israeli raid on the convoy of ships with more than 600 people on board killed nine people and injured nearly 30 others.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was also at the airport to welcome the wounded Turkish citizens.
Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Anatolia that Turkey condemned Israel's raid on the aid flotilla, adding Turkey would continue to protect rights of its citizens.