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Turkish prosecutor explores case against Israeli officials

Turkey Materials 4 June 2010 13:33
A Turkish prosecutor has started collecting evidence for a possible case against Israeli officials in the wake of this week's raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, the Turkish media reported on Friday.
Turkish prosecutor explores case against Israeli officials

A Turkish prosecutor has started collecting evidence for a possible case against Israeli officials in the wake of this week's raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, the Turkish media reported on Friday.

The reports said a prosecutor in Istanbul had started collecting testimony and evidence from Turks who returned from Israel in order to determine whether Turkey should open a case demanding compensation from Israel or even pursue criminal charges against Israeli leaders, DPA reported.

Nine people were killed and dozens were injured in the Israeli commando raid Monday on the flotilla, which was trying to break Israel's naval blockade on Gaza.

All of the dead were Turkish, although one had American citizenship.

Eight of the victims were laid to rest Thursday in a highly- charged joint ceremony at an Istanbul mosque.

The incident has brought the once close Turkish-Israeli relationship to the brink. Speaking on television Wednesday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said relations between the two countries "will never be as they were before."

"Israel has made one of the biggest mistakes in its history," he added.

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