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9 Activists Killed in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's NTV television says an initial forensic report concludes that the nine activists killed in the Israeli commando raid on the aid flotilla to Gaza died of gunshot wounds.

The station cites medical sources. It says the forensic report came after the bodies were examined at an Istanbul morgue on Thursday.

Monday's raid had also left several injured. They are being treated at Turkish hospitals.

The head of the group that organized the flotilla says even if the pro-Palestinian activists had used guns, they would have been justified in defending themselves against Israeli commandos. He says the activists attacked the Israeli commandos with chairs and sticks and also seized some of their weapons, but threw them into the sea. He's vowing to organize bigger convoys if Israel does not end its blockade of Gaza.

Turkish planes brought back hundreds of activists early today. They received a hero's welcome with thousands of supporters chanting "God is Great!"


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